People talk about peace and putting an end to war...they chant, they sing, they ring the bells and pray for peace to come.
I'm not going to say that's not good, but if as a nation we are going to sweep dirty secrets under the rug and hope no one finds them how is anyone going to trust us, when we appear to be so deceptive?
Deception might provide an advantage in war, but it provides no advantage to peace.
The British and the Irish say they want peace between them, but the British still refuse to admit they did anything wrong. They don't want the world to know they instigated the Irish conflict in an attempt to take over Ireland.
So deception is the rule for the British, who do not wish the world to know just how deceptive they really are.
We have a war in Iraq, which was initially justified on the basis of lies and deception. Now, over a million Iraqis are dead and the US wants the people of Iraq to trust them.
But neither the British or the Americans are going to admit they lied in order to go to war against Iraq. Yet, they expect peace...on the basis of what...deception?
Secrets are kept and far too many are illegal....the illegal use of the national security act to hide crimes against humanity. What kind of peace is that going to get?
There is a need for honesty and integrity at the highest levels of government, not self serving deception.
Without honesty and accountability peace is highly unlikely and if it does come it's not going to last.
Canada holds the keys to a lot of dirty secrets, but in Canada there is no limitation by which such secrets are required to be disclosed even though too many are illegal in the first place. The secrets act cannot be invoked to hide criminal actions, yet murder is certainly a crime in Canada.
Crimes against humanity are certainly not legal activities, not even in Canada.
Still, threats are made against anyone who even dares talk about such crimes and evidence of such crimes is dismissed out of hand for fear that such crimes might otherwise be exposed to the light of day and the world at large.
And we wish for peace to come?
How can there be peace in the world if deception is the order of the day?
Can war be justified on the basis of keeping illegal secrets hidden from view?
It would seem deception is the root cause of war and the priority of war.