Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Ottawa: Dishonour our Troops

The new government has been quite innovative in its ability to mimic the United States on how to go about war. The phrase 'cut and run' has entered our dialect, directly from the Republican public relations individuals from the United States. The phrase is used to marginalize anyone who asks to bring the troops home. It says we will not be cowards and run from our mission. Despite pulling out being the more honourable thing to do instead of occupying a people and working with warlords and drug lords. Somehow supporting our troops to this government means to stop dissent and, to crush justice and free speech which are important parts of democracy.

Now two more ideas have been pulled from the United States playbook. The first is the barring of media from showing the caskets of the fallen soldiers when they come home. I think this is a disgrace to the soldiers, if however, the families request it that I support. Yet, in this case one of the families actually came out directly against the decision as dishonourable. The second is that the flag on the Peacetower will no longer be lowered for the death of soldiers only for, "former governors general, senators and prime ministers." [CBC] Both of these are to stop people from realizing how many people are being killed then asking why are our soldiers really there? I have a lot more respect for soldiers who loose their lives then someone such as a senator who is a appointed and therefore undemocratic. Our soldiers put themselves on the line because, of a feel that they need to protect this country. It is the duty of every Canadian to not send them to war unless absolutely necessary. Every soldier that dies, is the responsibility of Canadians. If Canadians are silent on the issue their wasted blood is on our hands. Below is the names of the killed soldiers and diplomat from Afghanistan so far.

Sgt. Marc D. Leger
Cpl. Ainsworth Dyer
Pte. Richard Green
Pte. Nathan Smith
Sgt. Robert Alan Short
Cpl. Robbie Christopher Beerenfenger
Cpl. Jamie Brendan Murphy
Pte. Braun Scott Woodfield
Glyn Berry
Master Cpl. Timothy Wilson
Cpl. Paul Davis
Pte. Robert Costall
Cpl. Randy Payne
Lt. William Turner
Bombardier Myles Mansell
Cpl. Matthew Dinning

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