I posted this last night but it got lost in the overnight shuffle. I think it is important enough to repost.
If you ever wondered whether Canada's top brass and their senior political masters really "support the troops", wonder no more. They don't. In fact, when our soldiers bleed, when they get torn apart, often ruined for life - top Tories and top Generals see to it that the whole thing is swept under the carpet until statistics are released - on New Year's Eve when nobody's watching.
Scumbags. Scumbags in bemedalled uniforms and in tailored suits. The guys who don't bleed, and never will, collude to make sure your gentle minds don't have to be troubled by those who do - in our name. From TorStar:
" Gun shot wounds, buried bombs, vehicle rollovers, rocket attacks and suicide bombers.
...They are the very incidents that the military has tried to keep out of the public eye with its decision to keep details on wounded soldiers under wraps.
The policy of releasing the number of injured soldiers only once a year — on Dec. 31 — has obscured the intensity of fight facing Canadian soldiers, as well as the nature of the sometimes life-altering injuries. It has also given Canadians back home a mental buffer against the numbing realities of war — soldiers who fight hard also get hurt.
...The fact that injuries are kept out of the public eye illustrates how unaware Canadians are of the price being paid by soldiers in Afghanistan, said Senator Colin Kenny.
“In death, you hope it’s fast and very little suffering. But the suffering of the wounded goes on and on and on,” said Kenny, the former chair of the Senate defence committee.
“All you have to do is go out to the hospital to meet them. You’re looking at people with half their face gone or their mouth is wired up and their ankles are broken because of the force of the IED,” he said.
In addition, some soldiers complain that hiding the wounded prevents them from being recognized and celebrated for their physical sacrifices on behalf of Canada. In hospitals across the country, they are suffering and recovering alone and in silence, something that can contribute to their frustration, breed resentment and lead to mental health problems.
Defence officials defend the secrecy, saying it’s vital to safeguard operational security and keep insurgents in the dark about the toll their attacks are taking on Canadian troops.
I take this stuff personally. My own Dad was one of the horribly wounded from WWII yet he was one of the lucky ones. His wounds ought to have been mortal but he pulled through to live out his life on a tight rope of survival. Some of his friends weren't so lucky like many, many others.
Our military and parliamentary bosses see no end of utility in sending flagged-draped coffins in the back of hearses rolling down the outrageously named "highway of heroes" while they put the trouble cases, including those who had the misfortune to actually survive, out of sight, on the shelf to be recognized as statistics on December 31.
Operational security? My ass. More like a gaggle of uniformed ticket punchers who lack the decency to stand up for the minions they feed into the grinder. And they slam others for not "supporting the troops." But I'll bet they all have those fancy magnetic ribbons on their trunk lids too.
Scumbags. Tory scumbags, Canadian Forces scumbags.