Stephen Harper today:
"Last month, nine soldiers from Petawawa were honoured for their work in Afghanistan, but sadly the attention has not been on them,'' he told the military community at CFB Petawawa.
"Those soldiers did not receive the attention they deserved because their story has been eclipsed by quarrels in the House of Commons with respect to allegations about detainees.
"I sincerely hope their story will come to light when the Governor General officially gives them their decorations.''
What gall, not to mention hypocrisy. According to Harper, the nation should focus on the sacrifice of our soldiers out of respect. This sentiment, from the same Harper who just last year did everything in his power to turn the lens of public attention away from soldiers sacrifices.
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Apparently, soldiers deaths are a political football, with the viewpoint contingent on one's particular predicament at the time. When Harper was worried that support for the war could wane with casualties, he intervened to eliminate any troubling reminders. Now, to defend his clusterfuck on the detainees, Harper has the audacity to tell the nation that we should be focusing on the "fallen". Lower the flag then, draw the nation's gaze, you duplicitous hack.