Our true friends and allies

"...when duty and honor call, the Canadian soldier has always stepped forward, front and center, to be counted as a true friend and ally of the United States." So writes Rick Moran today on Rightwing Nuthouse, in an article covering the major role played by Canadian troops in Afghanistan. 

In the last year alone, 36 Canadians have died (Canada has suffered a total of 44 dead since 2001). This is due to the fact that the Canadians have taken the lead combat role in one of the hotbeds of Taliban activity; Kandahar Province. Specifically, the southern part of the province where the Taliban regularly crosses the border in strength from their bases in Pakistan. Prime Minister Harper has increased troops strength to nearly 2,500 and the government has extended Canadian participation in Afghanistan for another two years.

In July of this year, the Canadians spearheaded an attack on the Taliban stronghold of Panjwaii. Operation Mountain Thrust involve nearly 2,000 Canadians and several hundred of their Afghan allies. It was designed to destroy concentrations of Taliban fighters who had been gathering strength in the area. The Canucks waded in and, after several days of fierce fighting, sent the Taliban flying, scattering their forces.
To its credit, the previous Liberal Party government of Paul Martin dispatched Canadian troops to Afghanistan. The Conservative Harper Government has not just continued but enhanced the role of Canadian troops.

Rick briefly covers some of the incredible history of Canadian forces in previous wars. Though few Americans realize it, Canadian forces have an outstanding history of heroism, and in the two World Wars suffered disproportionate casualties. They are among the bravest and most skillful warriors the world has over known. The Princess Patricia's Light Infantry is one of the most storied fighting units in modern military history. Nobody outdoes the Canadians when it comes to bravery. Blessedly, Canadians have always fought for liberty and democracy. Well, except maybe for that unfortunate conflict in 1812....

Rick and I are one mind when it comes to our relationship with Canada. We owe our friends and neighbors much more attention and care. They are not a 51st state, nor are they "just like us." They are a nation with its own traditions, customs, and cultures. I have always found time spent learning about Canada is time well-spent. We are similar peoples, but in the differences there is much to be learned.

Though there are disagreements and conflicts, our mutual relationship is one of the most productive and rewarding international partnerships in the history of humanity. Praise Canada. And, pass the ammunition, eh?
"...when duty and honor call, the Canadian soldier has always stepped forward, front and center, to be counted as a true friend and ally of the United States." So writes Rick Moran today on Rightwing Nuthouse, in an article covering the major role played by Canadian troops in Afghanistan. 

In the last year alone, 36 Canadians have died (Canada has suffered a total of 44 dead since 2001). This is due to the fact that the Canadians have taken the lead combat role in one of the hotbeds of Taliban activity; Kandahar Province. Specifically, the southern part of the province where the Taliban regularly crosses the border in strength from their bases in Pakistan. Prime Minister Harper has increased troops strength to nearly 2,500 and the government has extended Canadian participation in Afghanistan for another two years.

In July of this year, the Canadians spearheaded an attack on the Taliban stronghold of Panjwaii. Operation Mountain Thrust involve nearly 2,000 Canadians and several hundred of their Afghan allies. It was designed to destroy concentrations of Taliban fighters who had been gathering strength in the area. The Canucks waded in and, after several days of fierce fighting, sent the Taliban flying, scattering their forces.
To its credit, the previous Liberal Party government of Paul Martin dispatched Canadian troops to Afghanistan. The Conservative Harper Government has not just continued but enhanced the role of Canadian troops.

Rick briefly covers some of the incredible history of Canadian forces in previous wars. Though few Americans realize it, Canadian forces have an outstanding history of heroism, and in the two World Wars suffered disproportionate casualties. They are among the bravest and most skillful warriors the world has over known. The Princess Patricia's Light Infantry is one of the most storied fighting units in modern military history. Nobody outdoes the Canadians when it comes to bravery. Blessedly, Canadians have always fought for liberty and democracy. Well, except maybe for that unfortunate conflict in 1812....

Rick and I are one mind when it comes to our relationship with Canada. We owe our friends and neighbors much more attention and care. They are not a 51st state, nor are they "just like us." They are a nation with its own traditions, customs, and cultures. I have always found time spent learning about Canada is time well-spent. We are similar peoples, but in the differences there is much to be learned.

Though there are disagreements and conflicts, our mutual relationship is one of the most productive and rewarding international partnerships in the history of humanity. Praise Canada. And, pass the ammunition, eh?