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April 09, 2007



My comment about the confrontation with Iran comes from Vimy Ridge, a battle fought today 90 years ago, one of the first real victories for the allies in WWI. More than 200,000 soldiers died fighting for Vimy, and soldiers from all over Canada, began on Easter Monday the assault that would win battle. They fought, and thousands died, with the self-effacing determination for which we are known, like the six Canadian soldiers who died yesterday in Afghanistan. In WWI, Canadian doctor John MacRae wrote this poem, then was himself killed. He wrote,

IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

I doubt that Mr. Ahmadenajad has read this poem, or would understand what it has to do with Iran, but his ignorance is to our advantage. We understand the connection, and we understand what it means, and that is enough to make it count.


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