At a time when we are bringing home our fallen soldiers on the Highway of Heros - men and women who gave their lives in an American-led War on Terrorism - Fox Network aired a program which I think was called "Red Eye", in which a group of people sat around laughing and jeering and mocking and insulting the Canadian military. A few comments: "Hey, isn't this a good time to invade this country? They have no army! HAhahaha." The Canadian military wants to take a one-year break after 2010. Hahaha. So they can run on beaches in sparkling white capris. Hahaha!" And much, much worse.
It's just....stunning. There just aren't enough words to describe how I feel about these insults. I cannot conceive a group of people being aired on a Canadian network, insulting, jeering and laughing at any of our Allies, no matter who they are, especially in a time of war, when these Allies are dieing in our aid. No, I cannot conceive of that.
They "didn't mean to be disrespectful?" That's not good enough.
I am one of those Canadians whose stomach sinks with the news that more soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan, straining to hear their names, frightened that it could be the kid down the street who is barely 20.
Bring our children home from Afghanistan. If they must fight, let it be with "allies" who respect and appreciate them.