A few months ago, a good soldier and better friend to me posed this question: “Should Canadian soldiers continue to bleed and die in Afghanistan on a mission that not one of our political parties is willing to fight – let alone lose – an election over?”
The simplest answer is an unambiguous “yes.” Members of the Canadian Forces are required to comply with the lawful orders passed down through their chain of command by the Government of Canada. That requirement isn’t contingent upon the moral courage of the politicians giving the directions.
Obviously the question reaches deeper than that, however. He might have rephrased his query: “Is it ethically defensible to have Canadian soldiers continue to risk life and limb on a mission in which vast numbers of Canadians, including politicians of all stripes, have lost faith?”
Again, the answer must be “yes.” Whether it’s a builder who honours a money-losing construction contract, a friend who puts her job on the line to be with you when you need her most, or our country fulfilling the pledge we...More >>