Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Canadian Forces

Politics is half about policy, and half about optics.
Like it or not, Canadian optics have changed, gone are the days when Canadian soldiers looked like this:
It's 2011, and this is the face of the Canadian Forces.

Canada's Men and Women in uniform have been hardened by 9 years of warfare in the hills and mountains of Afghanistan. Our equipment is more up to date than ever before, we have a greater cadre of leadership to call on and experienced veterans at every level. This military has been training for and participating in high risk operations for nearly a decade, we have become more modern, we have become more combative, and we have become stronger.
Ultimately, our perception of peacekeepers is not one of strength, its one of diplomacy. Diplomacy is fantastic, and every war averted is a victory for both sides. But diplomacy is not strength, diplomacy is not power, and diplomacy is not sexy.
And really, that's what it comes down to. Not many people want to be that top soldier. Certainly they respect him and the work he did, but its not exciting, its not glamorous and its certainly not something you can turn into a video game.

Micheal Ignatieff promised to return Canadian forces to the first image, soft spoken diplomats bravely standing between armed sides.
Stephen Harper choose make our forces soldiers again, with all the glamour, strength and sex appeal that comes with. And when a nation looks to its forces, it wants action heroes, not diplomats.

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