MeOhMy saidGood, he should go to prison for life. But a betrayal of the uniform? Please, being in Afghanistan at all is a betrayal of everything Canadians THINK they stand for. That uniform is beyond tainted. Let's not forget that Canadian soldiers were proven to be torturing people in Afghanistan as well (it's not just the Americans who torture innocent poor people)... the only redemption that uniform could ever achieve is by leaving Afghanistan. Then... MAYBE... just maybe Canada can pretend like we actually stand for peace, perhaps live up to the national myth so many have believed in before.
Spoken like a civilian who knows nothing of the culture.
Your knowledge of little military history is patently minimal. Leave critical commentary to those who know what they are talking about - refrain from commenting if you speak from ignorance.
The uniform is highly respected - just apparently not by you.
Care to expound of the source if all your insight? (you start by repeating the civilian cliche (never true) that we were "peacekeepers." Your ignorance is showing.
Perhaps my sarcasm was a little too complicated for you to understand? When I referred to the "civilian cliche" of peacekeeping as what Canadians "think" we stand for, and as a "national myth," perhaps you interpreted that (somehow) as my endorsement of it? haha. Speaking of ignorance. We have never been peacekeepers, I don't even believe in that ideal of peacekeeping. I don't respect uniforms, I respect people deserving of respect. If one person in uniform is deserving of my respect, then so be it, but I have no respect for an article of clothing, and it's rather absurd to think in such ways.
The Canadian military has "subcontracted torture" in Afghanistan, just like the Americans, this is no secret.http://www.canada.com/news/Canadians+subcontracted+torture+Afghanistan+Testimony/2906621/story.html
Being an imperialist occupying force in a foreign country... does not make the uniform respectable, despite what you may think. I would respect any soldier who would refuse to serve in such an abhorrent colonial project. There is no honour in going around the world to kill innocent poor people in foreign lands. Sorry.
I have absolutely NO respect for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and the soldiers who serve in the occupied territories. I do not respect their uniform. I do, however, have enormous respect and admiration for the Israeli refuseniks or shministim, who are those that refuse to serve in the occupied territories, despite mandatory conscription, and thus often serve jail time. That takes real courage and honour, and they are deserving of my respect and admiration. They earned it. Not because of the uniform they wear (or refuse to wear), but because of the actions they take and the ethics they uphold.
To respect a uniform simply because it is a uniform is utter insanity and is totally irrational. In fact, it's extremely dangerous, as history shows that the most brutal oppressors humanity has ever known... wore military uniforms. To have blind faith in an institution such as the military, or blind faith in the "uniform" based upon what you THINK it represents is absurd. And you say MY ignorance is showing? Interesting.