Updated: Jun 5, 2019
“If there’s anybody that has the moral brand to do it, (peacekeeping) if there’s any country on Earth it would be us, maybe the Swedes and the Danish but very very few countries enjoy the reputation we have in the Middle East, and those peacekeepers that served decades ago we owe them a huge gratitude because they built that equity,” O’Leary said during his radio interview with CFRA.
“Canadians are known as peacekeepers above all and not warriors. There’s nothing proud about being a warrior, war is a desperate outcome for a human being, peacekeeping is extremely noble.”
This notion that Canadian Soldiers are known as peace keepers and not warriors, would be contested by the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division who plowed through two battalions of the German 716th and the 21st Panzer Division to take Juno Beach during WWII.
This notion would be contested by the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry who defended hill 677 from Chinese soldiers during the Battle of Kapyong.
And it would also be contested by the one hundred and fifty-eight Canadian Armed Forces members who gave their lives in service while fighting in our country’s military efforts in Afghanistan.
When it comes to warfare, many people are divided.
Is it a desperate outcome? Yes.
Should war be avoided at all costs? Absolutely.
But what a majority of people who have never served their country don't realize, is that sometimes peacekeeping isn't an option.
Sometimes you have to make peace.
With World War II we saw a the rise of the Third Reich and and the world saw the face of evil in Adolf Hitler.
The response of Chamberlain's appeasement policies and aversion to war only strengthened Nazi Germany. It took Winston Churchill to stand up to this oppressive evil and to rally the free world to take on Hitler.
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
Our forefathers bled on foreign fields and many died defending our nation. Defending the free world.
They were Warriors, all of them. They would not stand by and do nothing while evil reigned.
To say that being a warrior is not a proud duty is to disrespect the sacrifices of every soldier that fought, bled and died proudly for this country.
Peacekeeping is noble, yes.
But the two are not mutually exclusive - if we say that peacekeeping is noble, that doesn't mean that being a warrior isn't.
I for one, will not stand by while the pride of our nations Warriors is trampled on.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jozef Lalka is a former Infantryman with the Canadian Armed Forces and founder of War Doll. Since releasing from the military, Jozef continues to rigorously train and expand his knowledge of a variety of weapons platforms and tactics.
Having earned a diploma in Media & Video production, Jozef works as a graphic designer, photographer and videographer while pursing a passion for current global conflicts and how they relate to historical events.