One wonders how Canada would have endured the hecatomb of two World Wars with an attitude such as this:
With casualties mounting daily, a new poll shows Canadians are sharply divided about the country's stepped-up military combat mission in Afghanistan.
The IpsosReid poll, conducted for CanWest News Service and Global News, found 52 per cent of Canadians feel the 2,200 Canadian Forces troops deployed to Kandahar are on a vital mission and should stay the course, while 48 per cent said the troops should be brought home as soon as possible.
The poll also found 54 per cent of those surveyed support the use of Forces personnel for "security and combat efforts against the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan."
But that number is down significantly from January 2002, when Canadian troops first deployed to Afghanistan.Four years ago, 66 per cent of those surveyed supported a combat role.
The telephone survey of 800 respondents was conducted Thursday and Friday, the same days as a fatal road accident that killed one Canadian soldier and a second was seriously wounded in a suicide bomb attack.
There's more to it than explaining the value of the mission in Afghanistan to help Canadians accept the deaths and casualties that will inevitably occur. They have to be taught one simple lesson that every generation until now has instinctively understood: no one wants soldiers to die, least of all the soldiers and their commanders themselves. But it is a risk every warrior has accepted since the dawn of time, and it is a dishonour to us and to them to suggest that they should cut and run like cowards at the first sign of trouble.
Source: Edmonton Journal