posted on May, 5 2006 @ 09:05 PM
I'm not upset about the flag thing. Like Alphacenturi says, the Conservatives are following the official protocol and lowering the flag was a
departure from tradition. That being said, I can completely understand the sentiment when the Liberals did it for the first time. It was the first
time Canada has lost a soldier during wartime since Korea. It was a very emotional time. But, I'll agree that they should have been consistent
about it and done it for all of the soldiers we've lost since then.
I see the media issue differently.While I would have no desire to see photos of caskets with the flag draped over them, I don't think the media
should be banned completely. In light of the new restrictions he has placed on the MP's, I feel like I'm seeing a very disturbing trend.
For those of you who aren't Canadian, our new PM has banned all MP's from speaking to the press unless he clears the message first. Break the rule
and enjoy your loss of influence and cabinet post. He has also banned the press from areas of parliament they were always allowed to wait in, so the
press can't catch MP's for a scrum. Some will tell you this is a good idea, but this government was elected because of promises of openness and
accountability and all they've done since the moment they got into power is cut off access to the press.
My personal preference is that the media would not be banned, and that the media would show the proper respect for the soldiers in the use of the
information. It's not like we live in the US where there's FOX vs CNN. Most media outlets in Canada treat that kind of thing very respectfully.
If you think nobody cared about our soldiers until someone died, you're sadly mistaken. Just because we don't go around talking about our
commitment and having endless TV shows disecting the situation ad naseum, doesn't mean we don't care. What it means is that even after all these
years since we've gone to war, Canadians haven't lost their ability to put a good face on and get on with life. We're going to be in Afghanistan
for at least 10 more years, we're not leaving early, we support our soldiers and they job they do, end of story. What more is there to say?
Good Lord, this country is not divided on the subject of Afghanistan. Maybe that's why there isn't such endless pissing and moaning about it.
It really makes me sad that you think so poorly of your fellow Canadians.