The Canucks Get Some…

We like to make fun of Canada as much as the next guy, but we also know the Canadians have been one of the few stalwart allies in the war in Afghanistan. The Canadian Forces are small, but very professional (in the early days of the conflict, our Army specifically asked for Canadian sniper support, since ours was lacking).

Much of the Canadian public isn’t too wild about their ongoing commitment to Afghanistan. If you think our troops sometimes don’t get the respect they deserve, remember this- it is often worse for the Canadians.

The Canadians are an interesting bunch. They combine much of the organization and tradition of British forces, with the arms and doctrine of American forces. And while they have a great reputation as peacekeeping forces, no one should doubt their ability to punch above their weight in combat.

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H/T: Theo, of course

2 thoughts on “The Canucks Get Some…”

  1. “If you think our troops sometimes don’t get the respect they deserve, remember this- it is often worse for the Canadians.”

    Pretty much every Canadian respects the CAF as peacekeepers, it’s just when it comes to peacemaking that many Canadians become uneasy.

    But that should not be taken as disrespect to the troops – that’s disrespect for the politicians who send the troops into harm’s way for something that many feel is unCanadian.

    We’re typically a passive people, though when pushed we do push back, and some who view OEF as an ‘American war’ feel that our troops are being sacrificed for American interests, and we were not ‘pushed’ into it but willingly agreed to be American cannon fodder.

    I agree with the mission in Afghanistan and 100% support the troops(of all nationalities) on the ground but the actual policies and management of the operation has been bungled since day one.

    The mission objectives are worth supporting, the mission (mis)management on the other hand…

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