by Michael Coren
It was mid-January, back in 1943, when Canadian troops arrived in North Africa.
They were to go on to fight the Nazis and Italians valiantly in the desert, and then move on to Europe, take care of an entire beach at the Normandy landings, and end the war with one of the most powerful navies in the world.
Canada established itself as a great military power.
And there is nothing pernicious or dark about being a military power. It is what a nation does with its military that defines a state as moral or immoral.
The pacifist idea is, frankly, bankrupt. It is one thing to turn the other cheek and forgive someone who wrongs us, but quite another to turn away when someone else is attacked.
We would, for example, surely admire someone for their peaceful nature, but condemn them if they walked past a rape or an assault and did nothing to intervene.
Canada is the former.
We have long taken the ethical high road, but intervened when others were attacked. German fascism threatened Europe rather than Toronto, Chinese communism invaded Korea and not Calgary.
We became involved because terror and evil have to be resisted.
Similarly today, we support the forces of righteousness — the U.S., Israel, Britain, and so on — and give them all the backing we can against ideologies and people who would destroy freedom and democracy.
So why is it some Canadians want to emasculate our military, pretend we are not who we are, and create this revised, foolish history of the country as a North American Switzerland, sitting out conflicts no matter how obvious the necessity of intervention?
It is not because they want peace and pacifism; it is because they want neutrality and, ultimately, the triumph of our enemies.
We saw this during the Cold War when, in the guise of peacefulness, various fellow travellers and leftist agitators actually wanted the Soviets to dominate.
Today we see something similar in the struggle against Islamofascism.
From special interest groups, to writers at the Toronto Star, to commentators on the CBC, we are drenched by waves of anti-American propaganda, explaining the war on terror is a costly failure, and we should be the honest broker in all this and not take sides.
If only we understood Islam, we are told by patronizing dullards, all would become clear.
Well, I do understand Islam, and the Middle East, and unlike these extremists I also understand the U.S.
It’s not about Canada taking sides, it’s about Canada being Canada.
Just a few days before Christmas, I was given a handful of spent bullets and some metal particles once packed into a bomb.
They were from an attack on a church in Baghdad, where 58 people were murdered in an attack by a Muslim gang.
Not take sides?
Good God, of course we have to choose sides.
If we stand in the middle of the road, we will get run down, not by a car but by the massed tanks of oppressors, armed by Canadian writers and activists with an agenda red with blood and red in politics.
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