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I recieved this in an email, a tribute to Canada's military.

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posted on Sep, 18 2007 @ 07:43 PM
I can not validate the authenticity of this email but the historical facts are accurate. I wanted to post this here for future reference:

A British news paper salutes Canada . . . this is a good read. It is funny how it took someone

in England to put it into words...
Sunday Telegraph Article From today's UK wires: Salute to a brave and modest nation - Kevin Myers, The Sunday Telegraph LONDON -

Until the deaths of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan, probably almost no one outside their home country had been aware that Canadian troops are deployed in the region. And as always, Canada will bury its dead, just as the rest of the world, as always will forget its sacrifice, just as it always forgets nearly everything Canada ever does.

It seems that Canada ’s historic mission is to come to the selfless aid both of its friends and of complete strangers, and then, once the crisis is over, to be well and truly ignored.

Canada is the perpetual wallflower that stands on the edge of the hall, waiting for someone to come and

ask her for a dance. A fire breaks out, she risks life and limb to rescue her fellow dance-goers, and suffers serious injuries. But when the hall is repaired and the dancing resumes, there is Canada, the wallflower still, while those she once helped Glamorously cavort across the floor, blithely neglecting her yet again.

That is the price Canada pays for sharing the North American continent with the United States , and for being a selfless friend of Britain in two global conflicts. For much of the 20th century, Canada was torn in two different directions: It seemed to be a part of the old world, yet had an address in the new one, and that divided identity ensured that it never fully got the gratitude it deserved. Yet its purely voluntary contribution to the cause of freedom in two world wars was perhaps the greatest of any democracy.

Almost 10% of Canada 's entire population of seven million people served in the armed forces during the First World War, and nearly 60,000 died. The great Allied victories of 1918 were spearheaded by Canadian troops, perhaps the most capable soldiers in the entire British order of battle.

Canada was repaid for its enormous sacrifice by downright neglect, it's unique contribution to victory being absorbed into the popular Memory as somehow or other the work of the "British."

The Second World War provided a re-run. The Canadian navy began the war with a half dozen vessels,

and ended up policing nearly half of the Atlantic against U-boat attack. More than 120 Canadian warships participated in the Normandy landings, during which 15,000 Canadian soldiers went ashore on D-Day alone. Canada finished the war with the third-largest navy and the fourth-largest air force in the world.

The world thanked Canada with the same sublime indifference as it had the previous time. Canadian participation in the war was acknowledged in film only if it was necessary to give an American actor a part in a campaign in which the United States had clearly not participated - a touching scrupulousness which, of course, Hollywood has since abandoned, as it has any notion of a separate Canadian identity.

So it is a general rule that actors and filmmakers arriving in Hollywood keep their nationality - unless, that is, they are Canadian. Thus Mary Pickford, Walter Huston, Donald Sutherland, Michael J. Fox, William Shatner, Norman Jewison, David Cronenberg, Alex Trebek, Art Linkletter and Dan Aykroyd have in the popular perception become American, and Christopher Plummer, British.

It is as if, in the very act of becoming famous, a Canadian ceases to be Canadian, unless she is Margaret Atwood, who is as unshakably Canadian as a moose, or Celine Dion, for whom Canada has proved quite unable to find any takers.

Moreover, Canada is every bit as querulously alert to the achievements of it's sons and daughters as the rest of the world is completely unaware of them. The Canadians proudly say of themselves - and are unheard by anyone else - that 1% of the world's population has provided 10% of the world's peacekeeping forces. Canadian soldiers in the past half century have been the greatest peacekeepers on Earth - in 39 missions on UN mandates, and six on non-UN peacekeeping duties, from Vietnam to East Timor, from Sinai to Bosnia .

Yet the only foreign engagement that has entered the popular on-Canadian imagination was the sorry affair in Somalia , in which out-of-control paratroopers murdered two Somali infiltrators. Their regiment was then disbanded in disgrace - a uniquely Canadian act of self-abasement for which, naturally, the Canadians received no international credit.

So who today in the United States knows about the stoic and selfless friendship its northern neighbour has given it in Afghanistan ? Rather like Cyrano de Bergerac , Canada repeatedly does honourable things for honourable motives, but instead of being thanked for it, it remains something of a figure of fun.

It is the Canadian way, for which Canadians should be proud, yet such honour comes at a high cost. This past year more grieving Canadian families knew that cost all too tragically well.

[edit on 18-9-2007 by intrepid]

posted on Sep, 18 2007 @ 08:35 PM
I think Canada is a great country and that we here in the united snakes could learn a thing or two from our northern neighbors!

posted on Sep, 21 2007 @ 06:30 PM
reply to post by intrepid

My apologies I meant to respond to this much earlier but well life happens.

As some one who has participated in joint operations with the Canadian Armed Forces I can tell you that they are very competent and professional. They maintained their professional demeanor even when a member of Green Peace attempted to board the boat. Long story suffice to say I was impressed and pleased to be working with them.

posted on Sep, 29 2007 @ 08:27 PM
How did I miss this.

You know, this behavior of ours, this attitude of " no problem, call us any time", without looking for any recognition is one of things that has always made me proud. We have a history of being a country that cares about world peace but we went about it quietly, unassumingly, knowing that what we were doing was for the greater good.

It's true that our contributions have mostly gone over looked by the rest of the world. Not all of them though, Holland is a place I think any Canadian could go and would be met with smiles and gratitude. They remember us from WW2 and what we did for them. We fought all through the various theaters of Europe and Africa and Asia. We don't give it any thought though, it was our duty.

that 1% of the world's population has provided 10% of the world's peacekeeping forces. Canadian soldiers in the past half century have been the greatest peacekeepers on Earth - in 39 missions on UN mandates, and six on non-UN peacekeeping duties, from Vietnam to East Timor, from Sinai to Bosnia .

I don't know if those percentages are right or not but I would think that they are close. My little brother served on several of those missions, both UN and non, and was proud of his effort and our effort, collectively, as a country to contribute to world peace. Sadly, those days of ours are over for now, maybe for good. We have once again become actively engaged in a conflict but this time in a combat role.

A little of topic but meh.
You know what bugs me most about Afghanistan?
The fact the it is a Nato led engagement, with many other countries involved, and yet we are taking the brunt of this war, along with Afghani Army. I won't include the US and Britain, as they are very much involved( they should be, they led the invasion), but the governments of the others won't allow active engagement. But thats us right... out front, being damn good soldiers and not even looking for the pat on the back.

posted on Oct, 4 2007 @ 06:18 AM
I never knew of Cannadas military history, and thier large involment in Peace keeping missions.

I also never knew of the contributions of Cannada during WWI and WWII, here in the US we never heard of the stories of our neighbors to the north.

Stay Strong Cannada

posted on Oct, 4 2007 @ 12:21 PM
The Canadians were directly involved in Vietnam? I know that Australia and New Zealand sent troops and supposedly the British SAS were also involved but I dident think that Canada sent any troops.

I know that individual Canadians enlisted into the US military and in many cases specifically asked to be sent to Vietnam but I wasent aware that there was a direct effort from the Canadian government.

Thanks for your help
What I think annoys many Americans is that we feel that you rely to much on us for the logistical support. Ex. until recently the RCAF dident have any transport aircraft and the numerous stories about Sea King choppers falling from the sky due to a lack of spare parts or the rumors that Canadian soldiers had to ask for ammo from the US Army because they dident have any, etc.

posted on Oct, 5 2007 @ 01:36 AM
Well, now...

This is pleasant to see.
We Canadians often feel taken for granted at best and used at worst.
It's certainly nice to see some appreciation from folks.

I'm proud that my country responds to the call of world peace, but doesn't do-so blindly. We send troops when we feel there is real justification. Fighting the Taliban is a just call and we went (I have a buddy over there now). Occupying Iraq under false presence was not, and we didn't go.

Canada has never been accused of supporting state sponsored terror or preforming false-flag operations.
Canada has never occupied another country.
Canada has never started a war.

I don't say these things to aggravate Americans.
I say them because I am truly proud of them.

posted on Oct, 10 2007 @ 11:51 AM
I just came apon this thread today. Im proud to be Canadian, but never have such words embodied that pride.

That was one of the best posts I've ever read.

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