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August 14, 2011

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Eric H Janzen

I don't think there is much to add to this thoughtful piece of writing, other than to say to the author: I admire your courage, believe what you say is very true, and agree with you. It does take courage to give voice to the awkward truth that the cover all phrase "they gave their lives so that we could be free" is not that true. The truly terrifying moment is when you realize you have no other viable, acceptable, worth-while reason to substitute for it and you realize that so many young men and women's lives have been/are being thrown away, physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually, for reasons that cannot justify the waste. It is brutal and it makes me angry and want to cry at the same time.

Wayne Northey

Thanks for posting this!

We in Canada are not immune. Prime Minister Harper's Conservatives have gone after Canada's domestic enemies through a total (soon) of 29 new crime bills ( that will significantly more than double the current roughly annual 5 billion dollar cost of Canadian criminal justice), through measures designed to massively increase punishment, especially incarceration, despite the abject failure of such according universally to criminologists and 30-years experience in the United States (see for instance: http://m2w2.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/nofar.pdf).

Now that Canadian "domestic enemies" are "eliminated", Harper is ominously setting his sights on international enemies according to a recent Maclean's interview with same. See: http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/07/15/why-harper-wants-to-take-on-the-world/.

This is profound evil at work under the guise of "democracy and freedom" - Canadian-style. Arguably Canada has never been in such danger in its history - or so dangerous!

Tragically, it is in part the Christian Church that is spurring and cheering Harper onwards! When will we ever "see" - and turn from our wicked ways? (See Marci McDonald's "The Armageddon Factor": http://www.amazon.ca/Armageddon-Factor-Christian-Nationalism-Canada/dp/0307356469.)

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