Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Peace or Freedom

Occam's Carbuncle has posted a somewhat late, but very worthwhile reflection on Remembrance Day. (Remembering is not only for November 11th. At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them!) Occam remonstrates with the sentiment, commonly found today, that Canada fought its wars for peace. He does not agree with that view and pens what ought to be a phrase carved onto the National War Memorial in Ottawa,

"Vichy had peace. Canada fought for freedom."
(Pause for short history lesson.) Vichy France was the southern portion of France that was not occupied by the Nazis during WWII. The name is derived from the town of Vichy which was it's capital. The Vichy French were allowed by Hitler to retain a puppet government, which was technically sovereign, but actually collaborationist in nature. (End pause.)

Hit my link for Occam's Carbuncle and have a good read.


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