Those Risking Their Lives Deserve Our Support
Today, I want to share Gina MacArthur's thoughts with you, which she articulated in a letter published by The National Post.
I have provided a link, which may be time sensitive, so I'll post the entire letter below:
I am the wife of a soldier currently serving in Afghanistan. If anyone has a good reason to ask that the mission be cut short, it is me, my children and the families of other soldiers who are serving their country in that country. Ask any one of us if we want our husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters to come home, and we will tell you that we hope and pray every day for their safe return. But ask us if the mission should end right now and we will say no.
To pull out of Afghanistan before the mission there is accomplished would be an affront to every soldier who has given his life in the defence of freedom. Abandoning this mission would be tantamount to saying that their sacrifices did not matter, and would mean that they died in vain. If anything, the deaths of Canadian soldiers and diplomat Glyn Berry should strengthen our resolve to free the people of Afghanistan from the tyranny of the Taliban.
It is easy for the armchair soldiers and diplomats who sit comfortably ensconced in their homes in Canada to pontificate about what is best for our country. I challenge each and every one of them to put on a uniform and serve their country as my husband is doing, and then come home and tell me that we shouldn't be defending the innocent children who are not allowed to go to school, and the poor farmers who are forced to grow opium poppies to sustain their families.
Only when -- not if -- Canadian and coalition forces free Afghanistan from the Taliban's oppressive influence, will these people be allowed to live in peace -- the same peace that we in Canada take for granted.
In the meantime, I ask all Canadians to support our troops. That is the best gift you can give to them, and to their families.
Gina MacArthur, Morinville, Alta.
Thank you Gina, for your sacrifices. I am eternally grateful to your husband, and to all our troops, both Canadian and American, for their service, and to all their families for their personal sacrifices. May they all come home safely.