I was deeply disturbed reading Carlito Pablo’s article [“Deep Green Resistance rises”, January 3-10]. One of its organizers says nonviolent environmental groups have “a fairly dismal track record in terms of the actual destruction that they’ve prevented”.
This is patently untrue. Take the efforts to save the Carmanah Valley, the Stein Valley, the Great Bear Rainforest, Britannia Beach, et cetera. Nonviolence in the long run works; look to Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Nelson Mandela.
The alternative is violence, which should be called as it is: a criminal act. And it has other consequences, such as turning off public support for green issues and causing injury and even death to innocent bystanders, including workers.
They criticize Joe Foy. He has made achievements protecting B.C.’s environment that these guys can only dream of.
If anything, Foy and the mainstream green activists should speak out more strongly against this mistaken path, since it is a threat to the whole movement.
Think of the many large, peaceful marches against globalization in which a few masked anarchists break some windows and get all the press. The peace and environmental movements have to find ways to isolate these people for the good of their causes. One way is to clearly speak out against them.
> Ian Waddell / Vancouver