Volume 92, Issue 42

Wednesday, November 18, 1998



Not in vain

Re: Endorsing propaganda, Nov. 12

To the Editor:

I am deeply concerned that Prof. Michael P. Carroll does not realize the full implication of his arguments. He correctly states that the Great War was one fought primarily by and for European powers. However, it is a cold and harsh reality that Canada was a British colony leading up to and during World War I. Quite simply, England – and Europe – made this country what it is today.

England provided us with the opportunity to be successful in management of the vast resources that were presented to the first Canadians. Our economic, political and social infrastructures were, at the time of WWI, surely quite similar to our mother country. Therefore an act of aggression against England or its allies most certainly sparked and justified Canada's involvement.

Sixty thousand Canadians did not fall to "a useless death." The preservation of democracy and stability in Europe was inherently important to the survival of Canada and other British colonies. Although Canadian sovereignty was not directly threatened, the war was fought partly because England's sovereignty was. To undermine the sacrifice that Canadians made during this war for England is a disgrace and dishonour to both nations.

I do not question your argument that history is written by the victors Prof. Carroll. More often than not information is "masked" but as the proverb unfortunately reminds us "all is fair in love and war."

I wear a poppy to recognize the suffering that war incurred and to show that 60,000 Canadian lives were not in vain – the poppy is a small token of respect. The value that you place on your poppy is entirely up to you.

Chris Smillie
Political Science II

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