12.06.2008

101

One hundred and one Canadians have now died in the pointless, futile war in Afghanistan.

Six years, 101 Canadian lives, and I don't know how many seriously wounded, both physically and in mind and spirit.

Enough.

Canada out now.

21 comments:

penlan said...

It's 100 Canadian troops & 1 Canadian Diplomat. Unless there was another death last night?

L-girl said...

Unless there was another death last night?

No, thank goodness, there was not. Thanks for catching that, I've changed it.

John A. Ardelli said...

As I've said before, I'm really not one for politics so, to be honest, I don't have clue one why Canadian troops are in Afghanistan. However, I don't need to know the details to know that war in general is simply pointless; people shouldn't have to die to work out their differences. Yes, I'm stating the obvious, but I felt I had to say it, anyway.

"When will we see the simple truth,
That the only thing that's worth a damn,

"The life of a child is more than a forest,
The life of a child is more than a border,
The life of a child is more than a religion,
The life of a child is only a heartbeat from eternity,
We must believe, for the sake of humanity,
We must believe..."

From the song "The Simple Truth"
by Chris de Burgh
from the album Flying Colours

L-girl said...

Chris de Burgh

*shudder*

John A. Ardelli said...

Not a fan, I take it. :P

I have a friend who used to have the same attitude until the day he actually attended a live Chris de Burgh performance with me. I was surprised he even wanted to go; I expected he'd hate it. So, I was even more surprised when, at the end of the performance, he had a big smile on his face. "You enjoyed that?" I asked.

He just shrugged and said, "How could you not enjoy that?" :)

There is a certain magic to a live Chris de Burgh performance; recordings of his songs just don't do justice to his "presence."

L-girl said...

There is a certain magic to a live Chris de Burgh performance;

I can assure you I'll never be able to verify that statement.

I wouldn't even know who he is, except that he sings what is probably my number one most hated song in the universe.

Allan will protest, thinking he knows my most hated song, but that one is only in the rock category. This is Most Hated Song Of All Time.

Let's just say I'm not a Lite-FM girl and leave it at that. :)

John A. Ardelli said...

Fair enough. Let me guess; "The Lady in Red," right? ;)

Actually, not one of my favorites, either, but mostly because Chris de Burgh has so many more songs to his credit, the vast majority of which are far superior, particularly in the content of the lyrics. "The Lady in Red" has all the depth of a piece of onionskin paper; there are far better songs to choose from that I wish would get more attention but, for the most part, non-fans know him only for that one song which, while OK, certainly is not indicative of his best work.

redsock said...

What the hell song could it be? I'm looking through his singles and I guess I see one contender (from 1986). It's shit, certainly, but you can't hate it that much.

L-girl said...

I do. I hate it that much. I've mentioned this before to you, but you never know the song.

John AA guessed correctly.

Like I said, I'm just not a Lite FM person. When I go to the dentist, I ask them to turn off the radio in the room. (Which is mostly commercials anyway.)

L-girl said...

Back to the topic of the post...

As I've said before, I'm really not one for politics so, to be honest, I don't have clue one why Canadian troops are in Afghanistan.

I don't know if being interested in what's going on in the world constitutes being "into politics", but I'll say that most Canadians have no clue why Canadian troops are in Afghanistan.

L-girl said...

Unless you count "to make up to the US for not being in Iraq" as a reason.

John A. Ardelli said...

Reasons for going into a war generally are political so I rarely, if ever, understand the reasons behind a war.

Of course, that doesn't stop me from thinking wars are stupid...

redsock said...

Forget Canada, it's hard to know why the US in Afghanistan.

L-girl said...

Forget Canada, it's hard to know why the US in Afghanistan.

One word. Three letters. Starts with O. Ends with L.

impudent strumpet said...

In the great tradition of fixating on the least important thing in the thread:

When I go to the dentist, I ask them to turn off the radio in the room.

You can do that??? Whoa!

L-girl said...

You can do that??? Whoa!

Yeah! It's a big assertiveness thing for me. I started doing it a few years back in restaurants when the music is unnecessarily loud. (I'm not talking about a pub or a party atmosphere. I mean when a small, quiet restaurant has "background" music, a/k/a noise pollution, turned up too loud.)

Then I advanced to doctor's offices and the exam room at the dentist's.

My biggest current issue is the pool at the Y where I swim. The lifeguards like to keep music on really loud - for themselves. I swim to decompress. It's an ongoing battle, albeit a very polite one.

impudent strumpet said...

Do a grocery store next. I DARE you!

L-girl said...

Oh man, no way. I couldn't. That's beyond me.

The dentist's office is one-on-one. Plus, I'm the patient, I feel my comfort (and tension level) is important.

The grocery store is so public.

I just couldn't.

I guess I don't seem so brave now. :)

impudent strumpet said...

So much for my nefarious scheme to exploit other people's bravado to get a more pleasant grocery shopping experience.

penlan said...

Forget the local grocery store - go after Wal-Mart. Would be so much more satisfying. ;)

L-girl said...

But then I'd have to go in a Wal-Mart, something I've never done and never will do.