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January 7, 2016
Lorna Dueck

Saudi Arabia has funded Canadian mosque building, and our Islamic schools, so perhaps now selling Canadian made weapons to the Saudi Arabian National Guard is the reality of murky international principles.   It’s complicated, but Canada should not be proud that 3,000 domestic jobs would produce armoured tanks equipped to protect the Saudi Arabian Royal Family.  Yes, the clan is a trying to rout terrorism, but it does so with a grip on Wahhabism and weaponry that violates human rights.

So why should a Christian voice complain? Because Christianity has a view from the bottom of the cliff, trying to help agencies working to repair the wounds of war.  And somewhere we have to say, enough with the weapons already, stop, go work on another solution to security because this one has given us 60 million displaced people.

It is as Syrian pastor, Rev. Nadim Nassar urged an audience at Grace-Church-on-Hill in Toronto which was rebroadcast on CBC; “we need to suffocate ISIS, not bomb it.”   Rev. Nassar’s plea was that western powers stop co-operating with weaponry and oil politics, and that’s just what the Canadian made LAV’s in Saudi are.   As someone who has seen his people beheaded, crucified and under constant persecution, Rev. Nassar created the Awareness Foundation to fight back.  Rev. Nassar calls Christians everywhere “to be a counter force of love and peace amid intolerance and aggression,” which may sound naïve until you actually listen to him, his pleas on the Middle East have made him an advisor to the UK Home and Foreign Offices. 

A Christian voice complains about this Canadian arms deal with Saudi because Jesus challenges us to be peacemakers.  With humility and a rather tepid raised hand we simply need to ask, “Could leaders like the Royal Family show strength against terror in a way that doesn’t need $15 billion of Canadian made LAV’s?”  It’s worth a read to think through the peace making points that Canada’s Project Ploughshares challenges us with on having this weaponry fuel our economy.

And most of all, it’s good to remind ourselves in the work of welcoming the refugees of war, assisting in relief to the suffering and praying for peace, that our work won’t be ending any time soon.



I could not agree more. Thanks, Lorna.
January 12, 2016 | Brian ODea

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