Well, now ... from the comments, isn't this an interesting development?
Concerned Canadian said...
I am an NDP member and progressive voter who disagrees vigorously with the position of my party's present leadership on Afghanistan.
OK, that's your right. Go on. I've provided you with this public forum and you're welcome to have your say.
Like most Canadians I would love to see more reconstruction and peace-building take place in Afghanistan. Yet I recognize that when confronting an enemy like the Taliban and the narco-gangs which sustain them, such altruistic aims will never be realized unless the Taliban are challenged by force.
There's much more, but let's cut to the chase, which I reproduce verbatim:
One last word - for Madame Watkins, her family, and those of CF personnel still in harms way in Afghanistan.
Whatever controversy is generated by the obscene comments posted by the loco administrator of this blog, he/she speaks only for a tiny, fanatical minority. Even those who vigorously oppose the mission reject his hateful, outrageous rhetoric.
You have earned the right to speak your mind, and all reasonable citizens of this country - regardless of their partisan or ideological perspectives - stand in solidarity with you. In every generation there have been people so ignorant or spoiled that they oppose and undercut the great strides that their country is making. Sometimes, as in the case of this blog, people cross the line and invite the ire of all patriotic Canadians. Opposing the mission does not reflect badly on an individual's patriotism, but attacking the family of a fallen soldier does. It also makes them a terrible person on a more profound level.
Despite such misguided insanity, we can take solace in the fact that every generation of Canadians has also produced people like your son who, acutely conscious of the immense personal risks, sacrifice themselves on ours and humanity's behalf. I know I speak for all Canadians of conscience, politically divided though they are, when I say from the bottom of my heart: thank you.
PS: CYNIC YOU'RE FUCKED, LEGALLY AND OTHERWISE ONCE WE FIND OUT WHO YOU ARE, AND WE WILL! C YA ROUND.
I'm sorry ... I must have missed the memo when it became acceptable behaviour for members of the NDP to blatantly threaten people on a public forum. Perhaps someone from the NDP can clear this up. Uttering threats in public. Cool? Not cool? I'm just curious.
Sometimes, this whole concept of "civility" can be devilishly tricky to define, don't you think?