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2016 11 24

"We're not going to win this war just by staying . . .
we are not ever going to defeat the insurgency."
Prime Minister Harper, March 1 2009
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if this is a war ~ it was never declared
this man doesn't seem to know that soldiers are sent to die ~ always






bless our troops
good soldiers all
act on command

no ministry of of war
no peacekeeping mission
no war declared
in afghanistan

our soldiers die
good soldiers all
bless our troops




Canadian Forces

Canadian Military Esprit de Corps magazine

2010 11 11

veterans ombudsman

2013 09 21

Veterans Affairs Canada

Goose Lane Editions

What We Talk About When We Talk About War (2012) by Noah Richler
Prime Minister Pearson won a peace prize for putting the blue helmet on our Defense Forces, in times when it was not ordered to fight on foreign soil except on a declaration of war by the Parliament of Canada. Chretien was the last Prime Minister to honor that principle by refusing its deployment in Iraq; Mulroney the first to break it.

"Throughout the last decade, Canada's identity crisis has deepened. The concept of the Canadian soldier as peacekeeper has been transformed into one of confident and able war-maker. We are told we are, and must be, a warrior nation."

Historian and author Margaret MacMillan:
"I don't like this idea that it's only things military that really count in making Canada, and that seems to be the thrust" . . . of the government's efforts.
. . . We should celebrate the way we have evolved, and the successful way in which we've managed to move peacefully through the world."

Definition of a veteran ~ whether active duty, retired, or reserve ~ is someone who, at one point in his/her life, signed a blank check made payable to "The People of Canada", for an amount "up to and including my life." (from Veteran Voice)

October 2013 ~ just in time for Thanksgiving

"There is only one veteran,
whether you're 19 years of age or 105."

Gordon Moore, Dominion president of the Royal Canadian Legion

"You need not fear that the government and the country will fail to show just appreciation of your service. The government . . . will consider it their first duty to see that a proper appreciation of your effort and of your courage is brought to the notice of people at home that no man, whether he goes back or whether he remains in Flanders, will have just cause to reproach the government for having broken faith with the men who won and the men who died."
Prime Minister Robert Borden, 1917

December 06, 2013
Military suicides at alarming rate among Canadians

Tehran-based International News Network Al-Alam
(launched February 2003 simultaneous with the US-led invasion of Iraq)

right: Remembrance Day 2011 Kandahar Air Field


2015 05 09


    1994 Rwanda ~ MACLEAN'S MAGAZINE October 31, 2016
    Lt.-Gen. Romeo Dallaire