Never Surrender

This year, in this area of Ontario, there was a fuss going on a couple of weeks prior to Remembrance Day/Veterans Day.  I didn’t want to add it to my one-topic November 11 post, but I do want to rant about it, and find out your opinions, and how wide-spread it is.

Canada’s red poppy, a symbol of Remembrance Day, is under attack from pacifists pretending to be defence analysts.  In the run-up to Nov. 11, activists launched a campaign called, “I Remember For Peace,” that used a white poppy.

White is the color of surrender, and the white poppy was started by pacifist groups in Britain in the 1920s.  It’s been associated with the pacifist cause ever since.

One of the organizers of the campaign, claims that the red poppy worn by generations of Canadians glorifies war, while his poppy is for peace.  In my usual subtle, understated way, I say Bullshit!

The white poppy campaign was started by Ceasefire.ca, a project of the Rideau Institute, a small Ottawa lobby group which claims to be defence analysts, although they are consistently against any and every military purchase.

A newspaper columnist accused the main spokesman of the group of being a pacifist – not that there’s anything wrong with being one, just admit what you are.  He denied being a pacifist, and said that he would have taken up arms in 1939 – not to have resisted the Nazis, but to have fought for the communists in the Spanish Civil War.

He doesn’t like Canada spending on the military, he pushes the white pacifist poppy, and he would have fought for the Communists….what a winner. (Sarcasm strongly implied!)

The group claims to be against war all around the calendar, but the only time we hear from them is right around Remembrance Day.  Apparently the rest of the year is not controversial enough to get them the attention they crave.

They seem too dense and narrow-minded to realize that the red poppy is the sign of peace through the sacrifice of our veterans.  They could have chosen any other symbol of peace, but picked the white poppy with the tiny words, “I Remember For Peace” printed on the center button, because it denigrates the red poppy, and insults the efforts of our veterans.

I’m all for freedom of speech, even freedom of stupid speech, but this insulting behavior is so egregious, that I’m all for some woodshed time for some of these fools.  Has this little side-show reached your area??  Yes/No, where?  What do you feel about this rejection of peaceful, respectful values?  Could a valid point have been made another way, another day?

20 thoughts on “Never Surrender

  1. Bat shit crazy nonsense! I can’t think of a more insulting statement possible – these “pacifists” haven’t a clue. Sadly – fewer and fewer people “remember” the horror of the great wars. Great post :)

  2. Sightsnbytes says:

    To all the men and women who gave their lives for their country, especially to those drafted and forced to fight, I honor them. Wearing a RED poppy. Let those cowards wear their white poppy, it will let us know who they are!

  3. BrainRants says:

    We do have a similar problem here. We call it, “Congress.”

  4. paulaacton says:

    here in the UK we have people calling for us not to wear poppies in protest at the fact politicians have hijacked the image and wear poppies while lying and generally being the same waste of space they are the rest of the year, I will wear my red poppies with pride knowing that the people I honour are the ones who allow the idiots the freedom to show themselves up

  5. We’re a pretty small and scattered community and most of us have close family ties to those brave souls who died or were seriously wounded in World War II.
    I’ve never seen one of those white poppies. It would take a very brave, or suicidal, person to wear one here.
    Seems to me yellow would be a more appropriate color for that line of drivel.

    • Archon's Den says:

      I just read a book which explains people who use the anonymity of big cities or the internet to behave like this. Up your way, what would they do?? Hide behind a caribou?? –>He said it! ;)

  6. linda says:

    What a great blog Arch, I always wear my red poppy with pride, in honor of the men and woman who gave their lives for their country.

  7. aFrankAngle says:

    Yes, the freedom of speech does protect stupid speech. Well, maybe that is even an understatement. For me, I see the world through the red poppy. Well done.

  8. benzeknees says:

    Here in the wilds of Edmonton, I have never heard of this “White Poppy” rubbish! And I would certainly want to kibosh the whole movement if I had heard of it! I lost great-uncles, etc. in the wars! Do NOT f— with the symbol of “Never Again” in my back yard!

    • Archon's Den says:

      I’m with you Benze! If ya wanna be an A**hole, be one somewhere else, and at some other time. GRrr! :)

    • Archon's Den says:

      t up could run faster than a man with his pants down. If you find a murderer, quickly replace the curtain in front of him/ (possibly her) and run like hell. By the time they get untangled, you’re at Starbucks, sipping a latte and giving a description to the police.

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