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A forward i actually enjoyed. (Canadian thing)

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by T.T Boy, May 8, 2002.

  1. T.T Boy

    T.T Boy Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 18, 2001 Messages: 21,803 Likes Received: 41
    >> > The country the world forgot - again By Kevin Myers
    >> > Until the deaths last week of four Canadian soldiers
    >>accidentally killed
    >> > by a US warplane in Afghanistan, probably almost no one
    >>outside their home
    >> > country had been aware that Canadian troops were deployed
    >>in the region.
    >> > And as always, Canada will now bury its dead, just as the
    >>rest of the
    >> > world as always will forget its sacrifice, just as it
    >>always forgets
    >> > nearly everything Canada ever does. It seems that Canada's
    >> > mission is to come to the selfless aid both of its friends
    >>and of complete
    >> > strangers, and then, once the crisis is over, to be well
    >>and truly
    >> > ignored.
    >> > Canada is the perpetual wallflower that stands on the edge
    >>of the hall,
    >> > waiting for someone to come and ask her for a dance. A
    >>fire breaks out,
    >> > she risks life and limb to rescue her fellow dance-goers,
    >>and suffers
    >> > serious injuries. But when the hall is repaired and the
    >>dancing resumes,
    >> > there is Canada, the wallflower still, while those she
    >>once helped
    >> > glamorously cavort across the floor, blithely neglecting
    >>her yet again.
    >> > That is the price which Canada pays for sharing the North
    >> > Continent with the US, and for being a selfless friend of
    >>Britain in two
    >> > global conflicts.
    >> > For much of the 20th century, Canada was torn in two
    >>different directions:
    >> > it seemed to be a part of the old world, yet had an
    >>address in the new
    >> > one, and that divided identity ensured that it never fully
    >>got the
    >> > gratitude it deserved. Yet its purely voluntary
    >>contribution to the cause
    >> > of freedom in two world wars was perhaps the greatest of
    >>any democracy.
    >> > Almost 10 per cent of Canada's entire population of seven
    >>million people
    >> > served in the armed forces during the First World War, and
    >>nearly 60,000
    >> > died. The great Allied victories of 1918 were spearheaded
    >>by Canadian
    >> > troops, perhaps the most capable soldiers in the entire
    >>British order of
    >> > battle. Canada was repaid for its enormous sacrifice by
    >>downright neglect,
    >> > its unique contribution to victory being absorbed into the
    >>popular memory
    >> > as somehow or other the work of the "British". The Second
    >>World War
    >> > provided a re-run. The Canadian navy began the war with a
    >>half dozen
    >> > vessels, and ended up policing nearly half of the Atlantic
    >>against U-boat
    >> > attack. More than 120 Canadian warships participated in
    >>the Normandy
    >> > landings, during which 15,000 Canadian soldiers went
    >>ashore on D-Day
    >> > alone. Canada finished the war with the third largest navy
    >>and the fourth
    >> > largest air force in the world. The world thanked Canada
    >>with the same
    >> > sublime indifference as it had the previous time.
    >> > Canadian participation in the war was acknowledged in film
    >>only if it was
    >> > necessary to give an American actor a part in a campaign
    >>which the US had
    >> > clearly not participated - a touching scrupulousness
    >>which, of course,
    >> > Hollywood has since abandoned, as it has any notion of a
    >>separate Canadian
    >> > identity. So it is a general rule that actors and
    >>film-makers arriving in
    >> > Hollywood keep their nationality - unless, that is, they
    >>are Canadian.
    >> > Thus Mary Pickford, Walter Huston, Donald Sutherland,
    >>Michael J Fox,
    >> > William Shatner, Norman Jewison, David Cronenberg and Dan
    >>Aykroyd have in
    >> > the popular perception become American, and Christopher
    >>Plummer British.
    >> > It is as if in the very act of becoming famous, a Canadian
    >>ceases to be
    >> > Canadian, unless she is Margaret Atwood, who is as
    >>unshakeably Canadian as
    >> > a moose, or Celine Dion, for whom Canada has proved quite
    >>unable to find
    >> > any takers. Moreover, Canada is every bit as querulously
    >>alert to the
    >> > achievements of its sons and daughters as the rest of the
    >>world is
    >> > completely unaware of them.
    >> > The Canadians proudly say of themselves - and are unheard
    >>by anyone else -
    >> > that 1 per cent of the world's population has provided 10
    >>per cent of the
    >> > world's peace-keeping forces. Canadian soldiers in the
    >>past half century
    >> > have been the greatest peace-keepers on earth - in 39
    >>missions on UN
    >> > mandates, and six on non-UN peace-keeping duties, from
    >>Vietnam to East
    >> > Timor, from Sinai to Bosnia. Yet the only foreign
    >>engagement which has
    >> > entered the popular non-Canadian imagination was the sorry
    >>affair in
    >> > Somalia, in which out-of-control paratroopers murdered two
    >> > infiltrators. Their regiment was then disbanded in
    >>disgrace - a uniquely
    >> > Canadian act of self-abasement for which, naturally, the
    >> > received no international credit. So who today in the US
    >>knows about the
    >> > stoic and selfless friendship its northern neighbour has
    >>given it in
    >> > Afghanistan?
    >> > Rather like Cyrano de Bergerac, Canada repeatedly does
    >>honourable things
    >> > for honourable motives, but instead of being thanked for
    >>it, it remains
    >> > something of a figure of fun. It is the Canadian way, for
    >>which Canadians
    >> > should be proud, yet such honour comes at a high cost.
    >>This weekend four
    >> > shrouds, red with blood and maple leaf, head homewards;
    >>and four more
    >> > grieving Canadian families know that cost all too
    >>tragically well.
  2. Smart

    Smart Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Apr 14, 2000 Messages: 17,017 Likes Received: 178
    I didn't read it, due to such poor formatting, but... I really like the foreword to Breakfast of Champions, aka Goodbye Blue Monday, how can you ignore the picture of an asshole?
  3. T.T Boy

    T.T Boy Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 18, 2001 Messages: 21,803 Likes Received: 41
    oh smart just go read it.
  4. Poop Man Bob

    Poop Man Bob Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Nov 16, 2000 Messages: 10,259 Likes Received: 18

    Hahah! Great book!
  5. Intangible

    Intangible 12oz Legend

    Joined: Jul 9, 2001 Messages: 17,479 Likes Received: 7
    Does this mean the U.S. and Canada are going to war? If so im going to Mexico...
  6. ASER1NE

    ASER1NE Veteran Member

    Joined: Oct 15, 2001 Messages: 7,578 Likes Received: 3
    well i did read it , and sadly its too true . but thats just the way things are . canada is so great we dont need all the petty recognition that the US fiends for .
  7. kissmyass#1

    kissmyass#1 Senior Member

    Joined: Feb 8, 2002 Messages: 1,071 Likes Received: 0
  8. High Priest

    High Priest Elite Member

    Joined: Jan 1, 2002 Messages: 4,928 Likes Received: 4

    Yea, you get enough attention any ways with the whole " Canada is a festering pile of shit " attitude that most people have adopted.
  9. greedy mars

    greedy mars Guest


    word tee tee