I have met and heard the tragic stories of many parents. PA is a function, by and large, of a custodial ex-partner, although some alienation can start while the couple is still together.

This blog is a story of experiences and observations of dysfunctional Family Law (FLAW), an arena pitting parent against parent, with children as the prize. Due to the gender bias in Family Law, that I have observed, this Blog has evolved from a focus solely on PA to one of the broader Family/Children's Rights area and the impact of Feminist mythology on Canadian Jurisprudence and the Divorce Industry.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Canadian military casualties in Afghanistan and-the resilience of modern Canadians

The following is an essay on casualties Canada has suffered in foreign wars. Most of the war casualties are men fighting for the freedom of all genders. You will not find one feminist in the casualty list. We did lose our first female in combat in Afghanistan that I have discussed previously in this blog. She was a remarkable and brave person whose memory our nation cherishes. She was buried in our Nation's Capital with great honour to her memory, family and country. When you read about a certain degree of queasiness in the media on our 100 brave soldiers who have died keep in mind our strong and resilient history of aiding the cause of freedom around the world. Our presence in Afghanistan is not because it is a Dubya Bush war but because it was a failed state spawning terrorists who made a first strike on a NATO ally. How far off would it be for us if we did not come to the aid of a friend but rather looked weak and appeasing as Jack Layton would have us appear.
Canadian military casualties in Afghanistan and-the resilience of modern Canadians- What have we become as a nation? Some interesting perspectives
by Jeremy Swanson
Ottawa So far this year (at this writing in October, 2008), Canada has suffered 25 Military casualties in Afghanistan. A total of 116 dead (as of March 20/09) over 6 years since 2002 . Consider and contrast this with at least 24 Canadians murdered on 9/11 in 40 minutes Our WW2 losses on D-Day alone: ( just 8 hours of battle ) 340 killed 574 wounded 47 taken prisoner In the Normandy Battle Area of France where fighting raged through the month of June into July and August 1944 5,002 Canadians were killed in action accounting for over 70 Canadian soldiers killed in action every single day of the battles that took place there. In the Italian Campaign. 5,900 Dead and 19,500 Wounded in Sicily and Italy 10 July 1943 to 2nd May 1945 - 660 days of battle (approximately 10 KIA on average per day = 300 dead per month 562 Canadians dead in Sicily alone in 26 days of fighting = 22 Canadians Killed per day 164 Canadians Killed in 12 hours at the Lamone River Crossing In 20 days at the Lamone and Senia River Crossings over 2nd to the 22nd Dec 1944, the number of Canadians killed in action totalled 548 = 28 per day In the East 291 Canadian soldiers were killed at Hong Kong within one week from 18th to the 25th December in 1941 An average rate of 42 men KIA every day of the battle. (another 260 died as Prisoners of War from 1942-45. Yup 260 in three years. As against 100 current Afghanistan casualties in 6 years . But then that generation was something else altogether n'est pas? Our WW1 losses in France just in two battles in 1915 and 1917 alone 250 dead per day at Passchendaele (from 26th October to 15th November= 5,000 KIA and 10,000 wounded.) 1,000 dead per day = 2,000 dead 4,000 wounded in 2 days Battle of Ypres 1915, 1.200 dead per day = 3.598 dead and 10,000 wounded in 3 days Battle of Vimy Ridge April 9th to 12th In Korea- Days in action from Feb 1951 to July 1953 = 880 days in action in country 516 Canadians KIA 1,550 wounded And, to date in 2008, Toronto's- nearly 60 homicides- the bulk, according to Police, gang-related. Before the year is out Canada will see over 600 murders from province to province, coast to coast territory to territory (the normal average is around 620) Also before the year is out, over 650 Canadians will die in road accidents. Over 2000 Canadian Men will commit suicide in 2008. Most of them as a result of "family law" related court decisions Some perspective eh? What does this all tell us about what have become as a nation? I leave that to the reader to decide. Jeremy Swanson

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