As you may know, Stephen Harper has proclaimed that next Friday should be a National Day of Honour.
The Government of Canada has set aside this day to mark the end of our country’s military mission in Afghanistan. A national ceremony on Parliament Hill will pay tribute to the fallen, the sacrifices of the wounded, and the special burden borne by families.
And is furiously beating a tiny drum trying to whip up our patriotic fervour, by among other things, promoting this video on his propaganda site.
Because he always did like to pose as a Great Warrior Leader.
Or a Great Patriotic Leader.
When it suited his partisan purposes...
Even as he sold us out to foreign interests, and flooded our country with foreign workers.
And even though he has dishonoured the fallen, by violating our democracy, and our Canadian values. He has betrayed the wounded. Treated our veterans with miserable contempt.
And the Day of Honour is a complete debacle, and nothing but a gigantic photo-op mainly intended to honour HIMSELF.
There's something screwy with protocol as well: normally, it is the Governor General, as Head of State of Canada, who declares Royal Proclamations - yet Stephen Harper made the announcement. As Commander in Chief of the Canadian Forces as well as Head of State, one expects the Governor General to receive the last flag from Kandahar; PM Harper will be doing that as well.
Two RCAF fly-pasts and a military parade, which will salute the PM. A moment of silence, with the inevitable TV close-up of the PM. Afghanistan veterans saluting the PM. Disabled veterans presenting a flag to the PM. So who is really being honoured?
As well as serving the narrow interests of those in corporate Canada, who are paying for this propaganda exercise.
It was promised by the government in honour of people who served their country, but it is largely being underwritten by corporate Canada, even as the Conservative government will doubtless take credit for the military fly past, the parade of regiments, the military bands, the 21-gun salute, the two minutes of national silence and all the attendant pomp and ceremony.
For what else can you call it?
One can’t help but be left with the impression that next week is all about marketing. In background material released by Harper’s office this week, there is a link to more information on the day. It is labelled “Related Product.”
And after reading all of that, and restraining the powerful urge to vomit, all I can say is this:
I will honour all those who served in the Afghanistan War, even though I came to believe it was a monumental mistake and and even greater tragedy...
Because I know that the road to hell was paved with good intentions.
I will honour those who fought bravely in that hellhole, those who were wounded, and all those who were killed.
I will always remember soldiers like Pte. Jonathan Couturier, of Loretteville, Quebec, who while on leave told some of his friends that the war was "useless."
But still went back to Afghanistan to be killed by an IED explosion at the age of 23. Lost like so many others for no good reason, but never forgotten by all those who loved him.
But I will also remember how the Cons and our useless generals mishandled that war from beginning to end. How they led so many to the slaughter, and stained our honour with the shadow of torture.
I will support those for whom that war never ended, and are still suffering so horribly. And all our veterans who have been treated so shabbily.
And above all I pledge to fight harder than ever, in my peaceful but no surrender way, to help drive Stephen Harper and his foul Con regime from power as soon as is humanly possible.
Because one thing is for sure eh?
Writing or speaking the word honour, in the same sentence as the words Stephen Harper, is an absolute ABOMINATION...
For he has dishonoured both himself and his country.
And the best way to honour our soldiers and our veterans, the wounded and the fallen.
Is to defeat the filthy Con regime.
And take our Canada back...
Oh yeah, one more thing.
And this one is for Great
And his stooge generals.
Oh what a shameful propaganda exercise.
Oh what a lovely war...
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