Apr 14 2009

Globe & Post: Our Soldiers Fight for a Higher Cause

Published by at 1:10 pm under Afghanistan,Globe and Post,human rights

With all due respect to the mourning family of Canadian soldier Karine Blais, killed this week by a roadside bomb, she did not, as her godfather claims, die for nothing.

Such statements insult the memory of Karine, and the intelligence of all who serve in Afghanistan under the banner of the United Nations.

Canada has a volunteer army. We’ve been in Afghanistan since October 2001, so it’s reasonable to believe that virtually anyone who has joined in the military since then, or has continued to serve until now, believes in the mission. Nobody joins the Canadian Forces for the generous pay and benefits.

Our mission is to help vulnerable people, who are overwhelmingly opposed to thugs with a medieval fascist agenda, defend themselves and develop peacefully. A sovereign and functioning Afghanistan will be better able to ensure its territory is never again used as a training ground for terrorists to carry out attacks in the West.

Karine Blais didn’t die for nothing. Indeed, one famous passage from our Canadian heritage seems appropriate here:

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.

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5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Globe & Post: Our Soldiers Fight for a Higher Cause”

  1. BBSon 14 Apr 2009 at 2:03 pm

    I haven’t seen anything to suggest that this article represents the view of the Blais family. This is a “godfather” speaking on his own, and nowhere in the article does it say that he speaks for the family. It’s rather typical of CP to search out someone in the family to espouse the anti-war message.

  2. jnarveyon 14 Apr 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Fair comment, BBS. Indeed, on re-reading the article, I cannot say for certain that her family is entirely in agreement with the quoted statement of her godfather, although subsequent paragraphs do seem to suggest this.

    The link has been edited from “they claim” to “her godfather claims”.

  3. BBSon 14 Apr 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Here’s a little more context from CTV News:

    Blais leaves behind her mother Josee, her grandmother Laurette and her brother, Billy. The family released a statement Tuesday, in which they said they supported her work in the military.

    “Despite the terrible news of her sudden passing, Karine achieved her challenge. She wanted to be part of this adventure. She was proud to serve in Afghanistan. She often asked her mother: ‘Mom, are you proud of me?'” said the family.

    “Yes, we remain proud of you, despite our sadness.”

    But before that statement, Blais’ godfather criticized the Afghanistan mission and said it’s time for Canada to pull out of the country.

    “I am against it. I was against it and I am even more against it today. I wonder what we’re doing there,” Blais told CTV News.

  4. BBSon 14 Apr 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Did CP change their headline? This is what it reads now – Death of female Cdn shocks relative who wants troops out of Afghanistan

    I don’t remember for sure, but I thought it said something different the first time I read it.

  5. jnarveyon 14 Apr 2009 at 8:10 pm

    I don’t recall the headline. Would not be at all surprised to see they tweaked it to something a little more demoralizing.

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