November 12, 2006

Lest We Forget

In high school, I had a great honor, I played the trumpet at the ceremony honoring the school’s students who died fighting for our freedom. It’s a funny thing. The song itself is supposed to be played in a very upbeat way, but I could never bring myself to doing it that way. Music can definitely bring out emotion and I remember looking at the faces of the surviving veterans and thinking of what they risked for our freedom. Would I risk the same thing? These men were much braver than I will ever be.

I hope you took the minute today to think back and remember the contributions that these people have made to our country. Today, we have soldiers fighting other peoples’ wars, ensuring that they too can one day live in peace and freedom.

One last thing there is a petition going around calling for there to be a state funeral for Canada’s last WW1 veteran. I encourage you all to sign it.

3 Commentaires:

Blogger JimTan a dit...

Why a state funeral? Yes, we should honour our fallen. That said, the WW1 was a contest between European empires.

It was perhaps the first of the total wars that ruined Europe and brought the rise of the Soviets. The fighting degenerated into mindless attacks that cost hundreds of thousands of unnecessary lives.

If there is only one lesson to be learned, it is that war does not necessarily lead to better things.

There are some people who support our troops in Afghanistan. However, don't fall into the neo-conservative trap.

The mission to Kandahar is poorly conceived, poorly led and given a job that fall exceeds the troop numbers. Think of a political solution, not an elusive military resolution.

11/12/2006 9:05 p.m.  
Blogger H. Cowen a dit...

At the Study someone always plays the Last Post..really dumb people clap and I get agitated.

11/12/2006 9:06 p.m.  
Blogger JimTan a dit...

There is some talk that NATO can withdraw if it beats the Taliban. This is incorrect. NATO can withdraw only if it loses. It has to stay in Afghanistan if it wins. Why?

Afghan society is being destroyed and has to be rebuilt regardless of who wins. The Taliban is disrupting tribal organization. They recruit young men and kill tribal elders who oppose them. The provinces will be in chaos after a long civil war, regardless of who wins.

On the other side, NATO’s attempt to install the authority of Kabul in the provinces goes against tradition. NATO has to stay in Afghanistan if it wins because it has to ensure that Kabul doesn’t abuse its power.

Democracy (one-man one-vote) is not a guarantee of peace and justice. Should Kabul mess it up, the Taliban will return once again.

11/13/2006 6:33 p.m.  

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