On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of every year, Canadians solemnly commemorate the tragedy of past wars. We remember those who have died. We pray such waste will be avoided evermore. We work to build a peaceful and just world for ourselves and for our children and for their children and for generations yet unborn.
And we stand before our troops who are massed in resplendent uniforms. Jets fly overhead. We fire guns, sing anthems and congratulate ourselves on what wonderful people we are now and have been as we smashed the forces of evil on our way to win The Great Victory. Good Defeats Evil.
What we should be doing is educating ourselves about what actually happened in the past. Then we would have a chance to see the errors of our ways and not merely remember the errors of our enemies. Then we would have a chance to avoid past mistakes and go on to build a better world, for us and for them, our enemies. We should say a prayer.
A look at honest history would surprise most people.