Monday, January 17, 2005

"Canada will never be a warrior nation"

Babble on.

This sad admission comes from Senator Colin Kenny, the closest thing the Canadian parliament has to a hawk.

I'm not a warmonger, but I'm not a pacifist either - to me a pacifist is someone who would let you die to satisfy his morals. And unless we can be guaranteed that Canada will never again be confronted with a challenge requiring warriors, I say we must retain the capability to become a warrior nation.

Kudos to Senator Kenny for continuing to bring attention to an important issue, even though it discredits his own Liberal party. Paul Martin and his band of rudderless career influence-peddlers and power-chasers must be held accountable, if not for the decades of mismanagement that led our military to its current depleted state, then for their complete failure to even begin the process of reconstituting our country's military capabilities.

Babble off.

Update: Lorne Gunter comments on the most recent unintended consequences of starving and ignoring our military:

Canada has become a finger-pointer and a cheque-writer in international affairs, not a sleeve-roller. We've done much to be proud of in tsunami relief, but we could have done so much more. And there is a chance much of our well-intentioned assistance will come to naught because, as a nation, we no longer have the capacity to carry our kindness the last, most difficult steps. (Babbler's 'hell, yeah' bold)


As a nation, when did we forget how to roll up our sleeves? How did we let ourselves forget? And what will it take to shake us into sleeve-rolling action again?

1 Comments:

At 11:49 AM, Blogger angry_in_t_o said...

Warrior nation? Fact is, Canada is on the verge of ceasing to a nation of any kind. Consider:

* it can do little to defend its borders (sad military)
* it can do nothing to defend its citizens (Kazemi murdered in Iran)
* it refuses to take charge of its own foreign policy (constant referals to the UN)
* it responds to secession with television ads and bribery (the PQ and the Sponsorship scandal)
* it refuses to take prompt action against politicians who mock our most powerful ally (Carolyn Parrish and the multiple "stupid American bastards" incidents)
* its leading politicians claim that health care defines us as a nation (not democracy, not hockey, but a government bureaucracy)

My post on October 13 has all the links to support the bullets, but bottom line, there is little that Canada does, military or otherwise, that resembles a nation, except collect taxes.

 

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