Comments: The last full measure of devotion

We used to be a country like that too.

Posted by alvis at April 24, 2004 01:06 PM

Actually Alvis we still do, it's just difficult sometimes to see beyond Toronto (or Montreal/Vancouver). We train people like Specialist Tillman at Camp Gagetown, they're the ones who are in Afghanistan, Bosnia, sierra Leone, etc. I f you haven't seen them perhaps it's because you haven't been looking.

J.M. Heinrichs
The Canadian Army

Posted by J.M. Heinrichs at April 24, 2004 06:40 PM


I didn't mean to suggest that the people who serve in our armed forces in any way lack dedication. I was talking about the general state of the country. No offence meant. By the way, I'm not in a major city. The Canadian malaise reaches beyond the urban centres.

Posted by alvis at April 24, 2004 07:35 PM


I hope you're right. I really do. With any luck, some of that fire and fight comes out on election day. Love your blog. Keep it up.

Posted by alvis at April 24, 2004 08:51 PM

I suspect that both Capt. Heinrichs and Alvis are right.

Captain, my experience has been that many Canadians hunger for news from the CF but that search is extremely discouraging. Quite frankly, we need veterans to cover it because the media seems staffed by people who are beyond clueless about military matters and personnel. (That argument goes for both sides of the border.)

Canada has special forces, but even their existence is technically a secret. We assume they engage on missions, but why the secrecy once the mission is completed? It has the effect of being demoralising to Canadians who fret that this country isn't pulling it's weight.

The the growing anger of the Canadian public over Adscam was coupled with the anger over the failure of this government to really support (and equip) the troops. I find that encouraging.

Alvis, as a blogger, knows how hard it is to penetrate the media wall and find sources that celebrate the Canadian Forces. Even the government DoD pages are depressing.

What we could use are bloggers who are in the Canadian Forces or who contribute to Front Line Voices (see botton or link on Side Bar.)

Any takers?

Posted by Debbye at April 25, 2004 10:10 AM

Alvis, I like your blog too and was glad to find it. Keep the faith!

Posted by Debbye at April 25, 2004 10:11 AM

Captain, you do indeed have some good young men. I was chopped to the UNPROFOR for FRY in 93/94 - before we really had too many Americans there, and a couple years before the IFOR deployed. I was proud to know a number of officers in 2PPCLI. The Princess Pats were fine soldiers, and good people to boot.

And thanks for the linky-love Debbye.

Posted by Al Maviva at April 25, 2004 05:09 PM

Al, glad to find and link to you. You hit the nail on the head in your post.

Posted by Debbye at April 26, 2004 12:48 AM