Over at "Celestial Junk," Blogging Tory Paul quotes one Wanda Watkins:
"We don't want any family to experience the terrible pain of losing their son or daughter, but if Canada and NATO abandon the Afghan people, the sacrifices Lane, our family and others have made will be for nothing,'' Watkins said Monday.
In other words, there will be no discussion of whether this entire Afghani adventure was a mistake because, well, that would mean some people died for nothing and, Holy Mother of God, we can't have that, so the deaths will continue into the foreseeable future because admitting that this was a bad move would be, you know, kind of embarrassing for everyone involved, and better to keep killing Canadians than look sheepish, know what I mean?
And in a breathtaking display of callous unconcern for anyone else's family members, Watkins continues:
"They deserve your respect. In supporting them, you'll make our loss much easier to bear.''
With all due respect, Wanda, fuck you and your grief. It's not the job of the rest of Canada to continue to let its soldiers die just so you can sleep better at night. At this point, I don't give a rat's ass about making you feel better for your loss now that I know that the price is other peoples' lives. Fuck you and the politically-motivated, neo-con propaganda train you rode in on.
BONUS TRACK: It wasn't that long ago that Prairie Wrangler Olaf suggested that a suitable topic for discussion at the Great Canadian Debate (Motto: "We're working on it, really.") might be whether support for the troops was somehow equivalent to support for the mission.
Note well how Ms. Watkins, as a convenient mouthpiece for Canada's wankersphere, dispels any doubt whatsoever as, in the space of those two paragraphs quoted above, she first clearly promotes support for the mission ("if Canada and NATO abandon the Afghan people, the sacrifices Lane, our family and others have made will be for nothing"), then immediately transmogrifies that sentiment into support for the troops ("They deserve your respect. In supporting them, you'll make our loss much easier to bear.")
To answer your question, then, Olaf -- no, you can't separate those two concepts anymore. Your neo-con colleagues have seen to that.
Next topic, please.
AWWWWWWWWW ... they're so adorable when they have no actual rebuttal and therefore have to feign outrage at the bad man and his language. Apparently, Canada's right-wing, he-men, warblogger chickenhawks really are a bunch of whiny pussies.
I mean, Jesus, even Kate McMillan looks kick-ass next to those weenies.