Thursday, January 12, 2006

Breaking Faith

The above photo is from the web site of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa. The army unit was the only regiment from Ottawa to land on Juno Beach on D-day in 1945 (Juno was the beach taken by the Canadian Forces). This photo shows them (Canadian soldiers!) marching on Bank Street in Ottawa in the victory parade of 1945 ..... with guns! I did not make this up. These are our some of our soldiers that did not die on Juno. Oddly, our democracy survived their presence on the street of a Canadian city ... with guns.

Members of the Cameron Highlanders are currently serving in Afghanistan. In the past few years they have served in The Congo (2002-05) , Bosnia (1994-95, 1998-09 and 2002-04), Kosovo (2000), and Israel/Syria (1997-98). Bless them.

According to Damian Brooks at
Babbling Brooks the Liberal Party of Canada website still has the French version of the "Pinochet ad" (Soldiers with guns. In our streets.) up and running. (Google it yourself. I don't want a curse on my blog that would result from linking to it directly)

Okay now. Canadian Forces members are being portrayed by our governing party as a threat to our democracy and freedoms. It is not a mistake. Liberals have not pulled the French version of the ad even after the matter was brought to their attention. Their assertion that that the clip was never intended to be aired is now a proven lie.

Now imagine yourself as a member the Cameron Highlanders or another unit, deployed to Kandahar in Afhganistan. You have put your life in harm's way to defend those Canadian values Mr. Martin prattles on about in this election. How do you feel about him and his the Liberal party's portrayal. Soldiers. In our cities. Indeed!

This is demoralizing to our troops, offensive in the extreme and downright disgusting. Shame! Shame! Shame!

In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) Canadian Army
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
I ask you not to break faith when you cast your ballot in this general election.


At 1:35 pm, January 12, 2006 , Blogger Marsillini said...

Well said!!!!!

At 1:48 pm, January 12, 2006 , Blogger Babbling Brooks said...

It's actually a separate ad, but with a negative line about the army in all our cities.

The bottom line is that they don't regret what they said, just the way they said it.


At 4:09 pm, January 13, 2006 , Blogger Fidei Defensor said...

Good picture, the Canadians were smart to follow in the footsteps of England and adopt the Enfield rifle which I can personally attest to the accuracy and durability of instead of the Ross Rifle designed in Canada which is very prone to jamming.

At 5:57 pm, January 16, 2006 , Blogger Kermit said...

Marching in the streets with guns... Wow, what a concept!

Here in the Bog we will be praying, conservatively, for the governance of our brothers in the North.

Not to worry. We pray for conservative governance everywhere.

Except, of course, in the Bog where HIS FROGGISHNESS is only slightly to the Left of Attila the Hun but still a bit to the right of Louis XIV.

Kermit the Green


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