The media's obsessive focus on our casualty numbers, with little regard to be much higher number casualty numbers we've inflicted on the enemy and the objectives Allied forces have achieved as a result, is giving the Taliban and their sympathizers an incredible propaganda victory that they could not otherwise hope to achieve.
These military experts and historians put the numbers in perspective:
Analysts say two generations of peace have left many Canadians with no yardstick to measure combat deaths, which means each casualty in Afghanistan hits hard.
"What you have here is a population that has been so long distanced from war that it has really no internal frame of reference on how you go about dealing with the fact that in war people get killed," said Brian MacDonald, a retired artillery colonel.
"As a consequence, there is then a very powerful reaction on each individual death.
"The actual casualty rates that we have been suffering by historic perspectives are quite light, but people don't know that because they have no personal yardstick against which to measure it."
Losing five soldiers in less than 48 hours stands out for Canadians today, but even the Korean War, a small conflict by world standards, provided worse days.
In the battle of Kapyong on the night of April 24-25, 1951, 10 Canadians were killed and 23 injured.
Even peacekeeping produced high death tolls from time to time, but people discounted that because of the mystique of peacekeeping, said Jack Granatstein, a historian and author.
In August 1974, the Syrians shot down a Canadian plane near the Golan Heights, killing nine Canadian peacekeepers.
"There wasn't a peep in Canada,' said Granatstein. "We have persuaded ourselves that we're peacekeepers only and the idea that we're actually fighting in a war is almost alien to us."
Imagine if the media had gone on the same way about Hong Kong and Dieppe the same way they go on about successful Canadian missions.
And imagine how weak and cowardly Canada looks in the eyes of an enemy that sacrifices thousands of its own without the least regret.
People who say they don't understand the mission and why our men are fighting and dying in it do have a point, however: if they rely on our media to explain it, they'll never know of its successes.
Source: Edmonton Sun