Volume 93, Issue 42

Friday, November 12, 1999


A surplus of priorities

The Gazette spoon-feeds pablum

One really expensive utensil

"Roller" vandalism saddening

EsseX-Files getting out of hand

Centre Spot in search of G-spot?

Gazette columnists need help

Walden's comments audacious

Dialogue needed for diversity

Sacrifices have been forgotten

Sacrifices have been forgotten

Re: "Vandals deface the Holy Roller in Victoria Park" Nov. 9

To the Editor:

Well, it finally happened. I thought that there was no possible way, but it happened. It would seem that members of our society have forgotten the sacrifices made by countless Canadians in the Second World War.

In my four years at Western, I've come to terms with the apathy that occurs on-campus and in London as a whole. Any town where the mayor can be re-elected not only while she's not campaigning, but also while she's not living in town, has got some issues. The vandalism of the tank in Victoria Park, however, is a slap in the face to millions, living and dead.

I'm sure that the people who defaced the tank don't properly grasp what it stands for and what it represents. It isn't a symbol glorifying war, as if to say, "Hey, we kicked some Nazi ass!" It's a symbol of our remembrance, saying, "Thank you, Canadian soldiers, for giving your lives for your country and our freedom. We owe you a debt that can never be repaid and we will never forget that."

The "homes, not bombs" message clearly illustrates the ignorance of these vandals. It's not as if Canada decided to get involved in the Second World War because it was the happenin' place to be. It was done to defend the homes that they insist we should have built.

If Canada sat back and worried about the home front, it might be true that we would have homes for people. Of course, how would you like to be living in one of those homes only to have someone come in the door and remove you forcibly because of your religion or your race?

No one in this day and age, except for veterans, can properly grasp the scope of what these soldiers went through. The closest parallel we can draw is the Gulf War. With the technology that was in use at the time however, that's like comparing the Boston Marathon to a walk to the corner store.

That tank is there to remember Canadian soldiers. Soldiers who were loaded onto planes and boats knowing there was a good chance that they would never set foot on Canadian soil and see their loved ones again.

Canadian soldiers who stood in trenches, where they would kill other men standing right in front of them by the dozens, while the men beside them were being killed themselves. Soldiers who didn't know when they woke up in the morning if that would be the last day they would walk the Earth – their final memories of the world being those God-forsaken battlefields.

Canadian soldiers who died so ignorant jerks like those vandals could piss on their graves.

Bevan Earhart
Honours Computer Science IV

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