Apr 14 2009
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.