11/11/2013 - 10:04
did you do the viseo Dean? In any event this is a day to
11/11/2013 - 10:04
remember that war is never a solution!
Great sentiment, Alex
11/11/2013 - 18:13
So how can we stop it from being the preferred solution so often? Today, as we drink our coffee and talk about watches, there are millions affected by war and Geneva is hosting more "peace" talks. Remembrance Day, and similar national holidays in non-Commonwealth countries, was originally intended to honor those who died in the Great War - later extended to the inevitable WWII, Korean War, war, war, war. The Americans have the right idea; they seperate Memorial Day (which originated following their Civil War of the 1860s) for those who paid the ultimate sacrafice, from Veterans Day to acknowledge public service in the military. Unfortunately Canada is spinning this somber event into a propoganda festival to support the military and, by proxy, the government policies that direct them. The hypocracy that any verteran will reveal is, at the same time, they are cutting their benefits and pensions . Oh, and launching a spending spree by diverting billions more tax dollars from social programs into the pockets of those who provide the armaments. For the merchants of fear and death, apparently war IS the solution . Perhaps if we all undertook a personal mission to reject fascism, whatever its disguise and regardless of how it serves our self-interest, humanity might stand a chance of eventually reach a civilized state. And sorry no, that video was just plucked from the 'net...
I respond to your post, Dean, as Canadian,
11/11/2013 - 18:36
and with what can only described as the utmost restraint. I will only say that some comments are better left to private communications!
11/11/2013 - 19:50
don't restrain yourself Joseph...or at least don't communicate disapproval without saying anything . My response to Alex was an attempt to go past the usual "war is bad" conversation. I don't know if you served but I grew up immersed in military culture as my father was a veteran (FWIW, his father was an internee and his father a refugee, so we cover the full human experience) and I started as a cadet from age eleven, eventually meeting Mrs. TT in the military. It didn't become my career, as you know, but I am greatly influenced by friends with careers in the military, who came under fire, and we have engaged in similar discussions for years. Why do you feel a need to supress my comments? Please respond here or by private communication...
11/11/2013 - 20:32
"Why do you feel a need to supress my comments?" HUH?? NOT at all! But I think you should reread your comments about the Canadian government...that it is out of context, that it is not readily understandable by those outside the country (context as well); and that if you want to express your PERSONAL political opinion about the evils of the Canadian government, please feel free. But, I think you can find a more appropriate forum for them, and believe me there are many! I do not feel compelled to detail my or my family's history with respect to war. I am a private person and that is a private matter. However, some of your comments are a vast oversimplification of complex issues. And it is just my opinion, my PERSONAL opinion, that this not the forum to debate Canadian domestic and foreign policy. I will leave it at that.
Well then, let's get back to watches
11/11/2013 - 23:32
so you don't have to NOT discuss your personal and political feelings any longer .
Re: Well then, let's get back to watches
11/12/2013 - 01:11
I agree whole-heartedly with the first part of your comment, most desireable and appropriate. The second part was unnecessary.