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August 17, 2016

National Post Article discussing possible UN mission in Africa

Dear C&E Association Members,

Below is a link to a National Post article by Matt Gurney offering his opinion on the UN mission being considered by the Government of Canada.  The article may be of interest to some of our members.

National Post Article by Matt Gurney discussing possible Canadian UN mission in Africa

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Andy Taylor
August 17, 2016 at 12:02 PM

In 1970 when I was in taking my POET in Kingston we had a Signal Corp Sgt giving us instruction. He had been in the Congo. In his words, which were ominous to young privates, “Never go near the fucking Congo!” still ring clearly in my mind. Years later when on IR in Ottawa a friend had who had been in Rwanda with the UN Mission needed 1/2 a bottle of Merlot to get to sleep every night said the same thing about that part of Africa. To date Canada has never had a successful mission to the ‘Dark Continent’. I include the Boer War in that sweeping statement. Preventing Palestinians from attacking Israel is a prime example. As Santayana wrote (in The Life of Reason, 1905) “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” No Canadian soldier needs another failed UN Mission medal from Africa on their chest.

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