"he should be placed on a charge"
What exactly charging him with? Come on, "Politics is a game"... The military plays it all the time.
Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 4 December 2015 at 08:35
Well no....the game played by the military is not politics as we know it.
I had read the Rangers named an Honorary Colonel who had never seen military service. The name escaped me butthe impression was wealth and circumstance were the criteria because of fund- raising potential.
It was all about the money.
I re-call a recent photo of a small ,very round elderly woman, looking ridiculous in a uniform tailored to her excessively curvaceous form, too big at the neck, shoulders and sleeves. She confided she had to be persuaded to wear it. Probably the only time. It certainly could not have been easily re-fitted except for another small and excessively curvaceous male or female.
That name did not register either. Only the thought of how extravagant to construct such a uniform for an obviously solitary occasion.
Think of it. al the precision drills and military marching, magnificent uniforms, flashing medals and rows of coloured ribbons, curls and curlicues of gold braid and ornamentation.....how meaningful is all that stuff ?
How much of it the quintessential product of modernity of the military for time immemorial?
How much the irrepressible inclination of little boys to dress up to look the part, bedazzle friends and terrorize enemies?
Cowboys with pistols .....Sherrif with a star on his chest and a long gun....Indians with bows and arrows,...pirates with swords ...young adult males with paint guns.
In the film Braveheart, Mel Gibson painted his face blue and flapped up the front of his kilt to terrify the Prussians in the Butcher Duke of Cumberland's army.
A Monty Python image presents at this point of a little soldier in pointy helmet, leaning over the parapet of a castle shouting in tortured French at Richard the Lion Heart knocking on the door below , .
" I fart in your g-e-n-e-r-a-l direction " along with an endless stream of other maladictions.
BUT...to get back to the comment ....No ...the military do not play games like politicians.They have discipline ....punishable by law.
To avoid charges of treason,desertion, being absent without leave and myriad others, the military have rules that must be followed without question.
Prohibition against political activity is the one.
Using the might of the military to accomplish political objective is insurrection, no matter where or how it happens.
It is not permitted.
I think it's time for the ultimate sacrifice of young Canadians in Afghanistan to be channeled towards something more meaningful than a battle over the display of a war machine in a place of sanctuary.
Is that why they died ? For a monument to war?
btw ... I am informed, the web site of the Department of Veterans' Affairs informs about fundIng for maintenance of War Memorials. Funding for display of war machines is not provided.
The web site for display of war machines refers to Department of Veterans' Affairs for a source of funding for display if war machines.