Personally, I also feel that Paul Celucci's comments and observations were accurate, and agreeing with him does not in any way, shape or form make me
or any other person who holds a Maple Leaf pasport 'less' of a Canadian, less than patriotic. That is absolutely absurd. This line of thinking is, in my opinion, conducive to the very problems we face as a nation today re global military/peacekeeping capabilities and mandates. I think in many ways that both the Federal government and many Canadians truly have blinders on.
And when the truth, the facts as they are, are presented to us by, God forbid, and American, hackles are raised. This is truly idiotic.
Yes, Canada had an illustrious past in terms of military involvement and superlative peacekeeping campaigns, and we have every right to be justly proud of those acheivements. However, I feel that in many ways, the government and many Canucks are transposing those acheivements from another era into the Canada of 2005 and beyond. Paul Martin's minority government wishes to illuminate Canada as the quintessential role model of
peacekeeing on the world stage - what a joke. The government truly believes that the military infrastructure currently in place is apt and will serve the needs as they so arise.
I concur with those who pointed out, as an example, the horrific Tsunami disaster in southeast Asia, and Canada's subsequent poor response to the immediate, urgent needs of Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Thailand, mostly in regards to the implementation of the Canadian D.A.R.T. As we all know, the Government pointed out the fact that D.A.R.T was not implemented because we were not called upon by the Sri Lankan government to come to their aid? Bullshit. I find that an insult to my and every other Canadian's intelligence. Correct me if I am wrong, but since when does a nation wait to be 'invited' to respond to a major disaster, when minutes and days mean countless more lives lost? And while I'm ranting on about this, I still cannot comprehend the fact that Paul Martin elected to remain in Morocco during the critical days following the Tsunami disaster. Some may argue this is a moot point, but I respectfully disagree.
But of course, Ottawa didn't, and does not see the Tsunami ill response in that light. In their collective eyes, we are still a strong and viable player on the world stage. Yeah, right.
Paul Celluci held up a figurative mirror to the Canadian people, who in turn did not wish to see the image which was reflected. That's not only sad, it's pathetic.