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July 01, 2006

Dominion Day


Time for the Canadian national anthem... Non-Canadians can sing along karaoke-style the second go round. Happy birthday, Canada.

Those two fellows are from Joint Task Force 2, btw, i.e. the little discussed pointy end of Canadian democracy. Way to go, us! But we have a long way to go and heroism most of us have not yet even begun to live up to. Something to think about around our tranquil weekend BBQs.

They say it's your birthday Update: Come on, Engerland!

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 1, 2006 10:01 AM

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It's absolutely disgusting and low that the very best of our Forces gets this kind of treatment...and from their own superiors!

I try not to read too much into this; it may just be a case of envy in action- as common a motive for low behavior as ever.

If I did, though, I would wonder at how few Canadians have any thought of "the big picture" in their heads. We have here a country that's as close as we fallen human beings can achieve to the future Earth portrayed on "Star Trek"- tolerant, rich, hi-tech, relatively hedonistic. Do they not think that all this had to protected by military force at one time or another? It's not as if the media didn't mention this...the CBC, CTV, History Channel et al produce mass quantities of documentaries and shows portraying the prominent place of Canadian military sacrifice in its history. The quote by Orwell about what owing our security to "rough men willing to do violence" springs to mind- also this:

"The peoples of the British Empire may love peace. They do not seek the lands or wealth of any country, but they are a tough and hardy lot. We have not journeyed all this way across the centuries, across the oceans, across the mountains, across the prairies, because we are made of sugar candy."

Winston Churchill, Speech to the Canadian Parliament, December 1941

Posted by: Jimmy Levendia [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 4, 2006 09:59 AM