Jerry West

Gold River, Vancouver Island

Jerry West is the publisher, editor and janitor for The Record, an independent, progressive regional publication for Nootka Sound and Canada’s West Coast. This column originally appeared in his paper, and is posted on rabble with permission. West is a former Sergeant with the U.S. Marine Corps and a Vietnam-era anti-war activist.

Jerry West
Nov 11, 2003

Failing memories

It seems like only last week we were holding a Remembrance Day service and gathering at the Legion to honour those before us who gave their lives in the service of our country. It is too bad that oft
Sep 26, 2003

What causes terrorism?

You have to hand it to the PM. The closer he gets to retirement the more he looks like a statesman. Last week he addressed an international anti-terrorism conference in New York and told them that
Aug 29, 2003

Are we headed for another Permian disaster?

The good news is that my 11-year-old grandson spent mostof the summer with me. The bad news is that I worry for his future. Not because of him in particular, but because of the mess that we have ma
May 26, 2003

Back to Afghanistan?

Canadian leadership of the stability force in Afghanistan might mend a few fences and regain points with George Bush after standing up to him on Iraq, but does this move serve the best interests of C
May 12, 2003

Canada and the U.S. Military “Team”

Canadian soldiers feel that they have let “the team” down by not participating in the war on Iraq. This is a dangerous sentiment. It transfers loyalty to a team that serves the interests of
Oct 10, 2002

Bad, Badder, Baddest

It might be a stretch, but aren’t those who sell arms to non-democratic states, train the soldiers and police of tyrants, send advisors to teach techniques of torture and who take far more than
Oct 3, 2002

Beware False Premises

There are name for those who urge war and talkpatriotism, but avoid responsibility, hidingout under one excuse or another when they have theopportunity to be patriots and serve. It is into thehands
Sep 11, 2002

September 11, 1973

Today <i>is</i> a day to remember but not just for the attacks of 2001. September 11, 1973, is also worth recalling. It was on that day that Chileanfascists, with the help of the U.S. government, ov
Sep 3, 2002

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Against almost universal international disapproval, the United States now seeks to carry out a major act of aggression against a country that poses no threat to American territory except for that fou
Jul 11, 2002

Poor Precedent

C'mon Georgie, Play fair. The good news is the International Criminal Court is up and running, the bad news is the United States has, under President George W. Bush, turned its back on international


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