Friday, August 24, 2007

Supporting the Troops... By Denying them Tribute

Yeah. Who else?

This from the same guy who essentially argued that you can support the troops by refusing to acknowledge the validity of their judgements regarding which missions they want to risk their lives over.

And lost. Badly.

And for what? Because he doesn't like the name?

But perhaps he could muster the cojones to show up to Highway 401 and tell the thousnds paying tribute to our fallen soldiers that he thinks what they're doing is stupid. That'll probably work out really well for him.

If he was honest (and at this point, let's face it, he isn't, and that's been proven) he'd just go ahead and admit that the politics embroiled in the Afghanistan war are more important to him than the lives of the soldiers actually doing the fighting.

Just like you don't support the troops by refuting (or even ignoring) their right to support the mission, you don't support the troops by denying the fallen tribute.

But that's no problem for Red Tory. He just doesn't support the troops.


  1. Anonymous1:03 PM

    Hey Ross, I don't support our troops and even if I did, some stupid piece of highway is a tribute? WTF have you been smoking?

    I don't support our troops because people like you can't distinguish between support for our troops and support for the mission.

  2. Well, Cherniak, I suppose when you're shallow enough to believe you're a better of judge of what causes or soldiers should risk their lives for than they are, you're also shallow enough to believe that monuments are only made out of what they're constructed of, as opposed to the sentiment attached to it.

    You could build the largest, grandest statue ever constructed, build it out of solid gold, but it doesn't matter if people don't care.

    Furthermore, it's no surprise that you don't support the troops.

    IF you don't support the troops participating in a mission they believe in and want to participate in, you don't support the troops.

    It's as simple as that.

  3. In response to Cherniak's comment regarding "since when do soldiers choose which missions they participate in" question (accidentally rejected by myself -- my apologies for that):

    They don't. But they do choose which missions they support.

    It seems that a lot of people are treating our soldiers as mindless automotons -- they aren't. They have minds of their own, and they have overwhelmingly chosen to support this mission.

    If soldiers were opposing the mission, (as American soldiers are opposing the war in Iraq) it would be different. But they aren't, and it isn't.

    As regarding the Toronto terrorist cell:

    Conspiracy to commit a crime is a crime.

    I'd hate to think you're in favour of allowing terrorist groups to plan attacks on Canadian soil with impunity.

    Then again, considering that comment in and of itself, it seems you actually are.


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