07 March 2009

They say that "courage"...

...is simply "grace under fire"...

As a byproduct, I thought she also landed a pre-emptive strike against those who, every time a soldier's casket comes home, purse their lips and murmur some platitude about how sad it is, and what a waste and then ask if, you know, it's worth it?

It is fallen soldiers' families and colleagues who can best answer that question, and the majority of those who have spoken publicly about Canada's mission in Afghanistan seem to say yes, much as it hurts, yes it is worth it.

Of course, to that, the people on the other side of the war divide always reply, well of course they would say that; to do otherwise is to say their loved one died in vain.

This is but a version of the belief, widespread among the elite, that they know better than soldiers themselves what's good for soldiers, the plain inference that soldiers aren't so bright or informed.
Read it all.

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

But of course the media pounced on her remarks as if she is criticizing Harper. For me she is saying that we should continue in our missions there, which is what Harper is saying.

Neo Conservative said...

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"anon says... the media pounced on her remarks"

of course they did... that is simply how the largely socialist media and the leftosphere roll.

remember 'canadian cynic's message' to wanda watkins, whose son lane was killed in afghanistan?

"With all due respect, Wanda, fuck you and your grief. It's not the job of the rest of Canada to continue to let its soldiers die just so you can sleep better at night."

ah yes, once again... the sunny, compassionate left.

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Allie said...

I strongly dislike when people assume that they even understand what this kind of duty, service or sacrifice is. These people, with their opinions, go through their own free lives unwilling, or never willing, to put on a uniform in the defence or service of their own country.

Yet they feel they have the right to crtique, complain and make wild judgment statements that comes not from a base of knowledge but merely, simply, from a place of freedom.

A freedom whose origins they seem to have easily forgotten.

Whether they be media, ordinary people or politicians... I always say if you can't stand behind our soldiers feel free to stand in front of them.

As much as it can be said that true courage is a certain grace - under fire or not - I say that cowardice is easily disguised during peace time.