Your neigbours to the north get a "Thank You"

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  1. Two Peas

    Two Peas New Member

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    OK, without too much background, as a proud Canadian and half-American (I'm the son of a US citizen), it is very nice to read an article like the one found here:

    http://www.military.com/opinion/0,15202,95568,00.html

    Although it is from 2006, this is the first time I've seen it. I guess it is slowly making its way around through email. In my opinion most Canadians feel the same way about the US as David Meadows does about us. And like your troops, our soldiers continue on in Afghanistan.

    I'll paste the text of it here to make it easy to read:

    "On April 22, 2006 four Canadian soldiers were killed in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb. Respects and heartfelt sadness go to the families of those heroes who stand alongside the U.S. in the Long War half a world away. While we focus on the war in Iraq, the fighting continues in Afghanistan where side-by-side the U.S. and one of its most loyal allies, Canada, engage the re-emergence of the Taliban.

    Canada is like a close uncle who constantly argues, badgers, and complains about what you are doing, but when help is truly needed, you can't keep him away: he's right there alongside you. We have a unique relationship with Canada. We have different political positions on many issues, but our unique friendship has weathered world wars, global crises, and the ever-so-often neighborhood disagreement.
    Canada has been with us since the beginning of the Global War on Terrorism. In February 2006, without fanfare Canada, leading a multinational force combating growing Taliban insurgency, increased troop strength in Afghanistan to 2,300. With the American military stretched thin against rising instability in both Iraq and Afghanistan, an ally that increases its troop strength is inspiring and deserves our respect.
    Katrina was another example of our close family-like relationship. Katrina struck the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005. Two days later, the Vancouver Urban Search and Rescue Team rushed from British Columbia, Canada to Saint Bernard Parish, Louisiana. In this Parish of 68,000 Americans, the first responders were Canadians. Overall, within the devastated Gulf Coast area, it appears Canada was the first responder outside of local efforts. They worked 18-hour days, going door-to-door alongside Louisiana State Troopers, rescuing 119-Americans.
    While FEMA ramped up to surge into the catastrophe; while the administration and Louisiana fought for the politically correct way to respond; Canadian aid was already at work.
    The Canadian Forces Joint Task Group 306 consisting of the warships HMCS Athabaskan, HMCS Toronto, NSMC Ville de Quebec, and CCGC William Alexander sailed to the Gulf Coast to deliver humanitarian supplies. They stayed, working alongside U.S. Navy and Mexican warships, to provide aid to Katrina victims.
    Katrina was not an anomaly of our close relationship. When Hurricane Ivan devastated Pensacola, Florida in October 2004 Canadian humanitarian help was there also. Canadian power trucks roamed the streets and countryside helping restore electricity where Americans had a unique experience of running into workmen who only spoke French.
    Canada took a lot of undeserved flak for failing to leap into Operation Iraqi Freedom when our administration sent us galloping across the desert. But Canada remains one of our staunchest allies in the war. When United States military forces were fighting up the highways in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Canada quietly increased troop numbers in Afghanistan and continued Naval operations with U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf.
    I was at the Pentagon on 9/11, stationed on the Joint Staff. During the early hours after the attack, the United States closed its air space and ordered every aircraft within our borders to land immediately at the nearest airfield. Canada immediately stood up an Operations Support Post.
    With civil aviation grounded, aircraft destined for the United States were forced elsewhere. Most landed in Canada. Re-routed travelers and flight crews were hosted at Canadian Forces facilities in Goose Bay, Gander, and Stephenville, Newfoundland; Halifax, Shearwater, and Aldershot, Novia Scotia; Winnipeg, Manitoba; and, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
    Canada rapidly mobilized its forces. Within hours, the Canadian Navy was on alert with ships preparing to cast off immediately for any U.S. port to help victims of the 9/11 attacks. Canada's Disaster Assistance Response Team prepared to deploy from Trenton, Ontario. Canada dispersed CF-18 fighter aircraft to strategic locations throughout Canada. No politics. No negotiating. No questions. They were just there. Canada would have fought any adversary that approached the United States that day.
    Canada has been such an integral partner with the United States in the Global War on Terrorism that on December 7, 2004 when President Bush awarded the Presidential Unit Citation to Commander Joint Force South for combat success in Afghanistan, he was also recognizing the secretive Canadian Joint Task Force 2 commando counter-terrorism unit.
    The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded 30 Bronze Star medals for heroism in combat to Canadian Forces personnel. Some of those 30 died in action. Many of the others were wounded. These Canadians earned this American medal for heroism fighting alongside Americans. When we recall our own dead heroes, we must remember that these warriors gave their lives not only for Canada, but also for the United States.
    Canada is more than a neighbor. It is a close family member with the gumption to disagree with its brother to the south but always there when disaster strikes and America needs help. For that, I salute you, Canada, and extend my respect for the sacrifices given by members of the Canadian Forces."
     
  2. katricol

    katricol Active Member SILVER Sponsor

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    Nice!!! good to have friends
     
  3. 320Bob

    320Bob Active Member

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    Good read. I have considered the US to have only two true allies in the past 20 years. Those two are Canada and Great Britain. I have never forgotten during the Iran Hostage Crisis in 1979-80, it was the Canadian Embassy in Tehran that sheltered some of the Americans from our Embassy.
     
  4. Scottzzzy

    Scottzzzy New Member

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    This was nice to read. I dont think we hear enough about our allies backing us and helping us out. They all probably dont hear it enough from the people how much we appreciate all of you.

    I think the Liberals like to make it seem we are going everything alone as a "rouge" to make many feel isolated and wrong for taking a stand on security. And all I seem to see are the stories about all we are doing and not much about how integral other nations are in helping in many of our natural disasters and military actions.

    From one American I'd like to just say thanks! And thanks for this story!!:thumbsup:
     
  5. keokie

    keokie Well-Known Member

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    Great Britain is a great ally and often gets noted for it. Canada and Australia are great allies as well, but without nearly the recognition.
     
  6. Jackie J V

    Jackie J V New Member TECHNICAL Contributor

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    We're brothers. Same parents. You're a little older and stormed out of the house after a dispute with the old man. We hung around and left a little more gracefully, however begrudged your early independence. Even though we may not always agree on politics (anyone else have brothers our there?), you know that when the chips are down, we'll be there to do what we can to help. Always has been that way. Always will be.

    It was interesting to see 320Bob refer to the Iran hostage incident where our ambassador, Ken Taylor, took in as many American hostages as we could. Then, under great personal peril, he sheltered them and ferretted them out of the country as "Canadians".

    This was the headline of the Toronto Globe & Mail from yesterday (Saturday, January 23rd).

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    Turns out Ken and the Canadian Government at the time had stepped up even more than we had anticipated. Our embassy and ambassador became the the "defacto CIA station chief" during the crisis.

    Brothers.

    Paul
     
  7. skibum

    skibum Well-Known Member

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    Canadians rock! Best neighbors we could ever hope for.

    I'm concerned that the disclosure of this information will put them on the target list.
     
  8. Two Peas

    Two Peas New Member

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    Paul, nice post.

    Skibum, we've got your back. You're bigger and throw more punches, but we're ready to toss them when you need us.

    I'm in London this week and watched the Jets/Colts game at the Maple Leaf Pub surrounded by Yanks and Canucks. It felt like home.
     

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