Is Canada ready for war?
That’s the question we need to ask ourselves in light of the recent tragic deaths of those four Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan.
While the media reaction to those deaths was definitely “over the top” there is also no question they shocked the nation.
What is going to happen when more casualties occur in the weeks and months ahead? Is the country going to go into a constant state of national grieving?
Something has to give.
Either we must throw in the towel and surrender to terrorism, or we as a country have to get our heads around the fact that we are at war against a deadly opponent.
That means accepting the fact that in wars people die. It also means accepting the fact that this is a war we must win.
Canadian writer Rondi Adamson addressed this point in an article which recently appeared in the Christian Science Monitor.
Also see a good editorial on this in today’s National Post.
But it won’t be journalists who win over public support for the war.
That’s a job our leaders need to do.