We need to fight war abroad
April 21, 2015
RE: letter to the editor “Not so proud to be a Canadian”
Anyone who cannot be proud to be a Canadian has never left Canada to appreciate what Canada is all about. We are the only country on the planet which one person cannot know, where one has to leave it to understand; we are not like any other country. Our armed forces were created for the same purpose as any other armed force on the planet: to kill the enemy! Peacekeeping is just one of the many duties assigned to Canada and to virtually every nation at one time or other. To compare our country to the Swiss shows blatant ignorance. Switzerland is nothing like Canada, if it was we’d be among the largest, best armed military forces per capita than any on the planet. We’d also have universal conscription to name another difference. Our forces, on other hand, numbering only 70,000 are strictly voluntary. Of course we’ll be dropping bombs on Iraq and Syria – that’s where the enemy is! Never mind that all war is stupid, wrong and full of hypocrisy, wasted lives and lies. Anybody in the armed forces will tell you this. If we don’t bring the battle to them, the enemy would be at our gates and we’d be dropping bombs on Canadian soil. Is that what you want? Good idea: Then we wouldn’t have to send our boys “over there” – they could stay at home and drop bombs on the enemy among our own innocent women and children! We sent six fightercraft and 500 support personnel in the recent battles in Iraq and Syria, our contribution to the cause. Our so-called “huge military-industrial complex.” A paltry provision in the scheme of things where $2.5 million compared to contributions of other nations is quite measly. Of course going to war is wrong and stupid and not the thing to do. But in the real world we don’t live in some fantasy novel of peace and good will; we live in a jungle where the rule of law is kill or be killed. If we do not fight the predators at their doorstep, the predators will come to our gates and eat us alive. Our main worries wouldn’t be health care or education any more.