Monday, April 9, 2007

Then and Now

There were nearly 11,000 Canadian casualties at Vimy Ridge. A tragic number notwithstanding that the force was 20,000 in number.

We salute the men and women of that generation. Did they give up saying too many were lost? That its not worth it? No. They stayed in the fight until it was over.

That was 90 years ago. Today, all it takes is 6 Canadian Forces volunteers who die in Afghanistan to make people question an entire mission. What happened?

Vimy Ridge was a legendary "nation building moment" for us, as the Chronicle Herald notes. It is only fitting that we hang in with a little more resolve to play a role in the nation building of Afghanistan.