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A forward i actually enjoyed. (Canadian thing)

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AN ARTICLE OF INTEREST, COURTESY, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, IN

>>BRITAIN

>> > 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

>>historic

>> > 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

>>American

>> > 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

>>Somali

>> > infiltrators. Their regiment was then disbanded in

>>disgrace - a uniquely

>> > Canadian act of self-abasement for which, naturally, the

>>Canadians

>> > 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.

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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?

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Originally posted by Smart

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?

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Hahah! Great book!

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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 .

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Originally posted by ASER1NE

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 .

 

 

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

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