Sunday, December 7, 2008

What if leaders really led?

I don't know how long this will remain online, but this article appeared in the Globe and Mail on Dec. 6th. It is the story of Sgt. Robert Short, a New Brunswicker and one of the first Canadians to be killed by the enemy in Afghanistan (in Oct 2003). The video and the poignantly crafted article that accompanies it brings home the true cost and sacrifice of war.

I don't often comment on political issues, but I couldn't help but see the contrast after reading this piece about the grief of a family splintered by loss.

On one hand, we have the courageous men and women of our armed forces, working together, putting themselves in danger's way, giving selflessly for a country and a cause they believe in....knowing full well the weight of their choice is carried by their families back home. And the repercussions will echo for years.

Meanwhile, in Ottawa, our nation's leaders have been posturing, scrapping and backbiting like snarling dogs, unable - it seems - to dig deep within themselves to find the moral character and wisdom needed to find compromise and work together in a time of crisis, even knowing their country's economy depends upon it.

How disheartening.

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