Skip to comments.Ottawa to tread carefully in War of 1812 commemorations
Posted on 07/16/2011 1:15:25 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement
Its a sticky question. Exactly how should Canada commemorate the 200th anniversary of a war in which our predecessors repelled an invasion by the United States now this countrys closest ally and most valued trading partner?
The bicentennial of the War of 1812 is fast approaching. Its a major formative event in Canadas history but like all wars, was wrenching and destructive. Both the White House and early Parliament buildings in Upper Canada were torched during the conflict.
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Remember the River Raisin.
There’s always lacrosse.
I doubt the Americans care about what the Japanese, Germans, Mexicans, Spanish, British, or any other country that they defeated in wars thinks about their war celebrations, so they have no right to complain...
Soccer is feetball.... ONLY America has football...
A major difference between Canada the UK and America..
Feetball is boring, football is not..
Feetball is boring, football is Not(most of the time)..
We need to invade Canada and force them to make their football fields 100 yards, and make them add to add a down, and get rid of the "Rouge", we can't have fag terms like that in football.
This isn't quite the Revolution, but it's pretty close.
Obama could go up to Ottawa and grovel and apologize on international television. Canada might have to appoint a non-white individual to receive the apology, but I’m sure that could be taken care of.
Maybe the Canadians can commemorate the North American phase of the Napoleonic Wars by remembering that they were just that: the U.S. sided with Napoleon against the British (we had equal justification for tilting either way since both Britain and France were impressing American sailors, but out of gratitude to the French for their assistance in our War of Independence, lingering antipathy toward the British, and some Jacobin sentiment, we tilted toward Napoleon).
Personally I’m for renumbering World Wars, so that “I” goes to the Seven Years War (of which the “French and Indian War” was the North American campaign, but which also had an Indian campaign in addition to the well-known European war; “II” to the Napoleonic Wars (with the “War of 1812” as part of them); “III” to what’s now WW I; “IV” for what’s now WW II; “V” to ‘the Cold War’ of which Korea and Vietnam were campaigns; and “VI” to the “War on Terror”. Surely a Quixotic goal: getting enough strategic clarity for folks to call the Cold War “WW III” as Norman Podhertz insists, and the WoT “WW IV” is hard enough.
Is it safe to bring up the point that hundreds if not thousands of Canadians were slaughtered under inept BRITISH command both in World War I and World War II.
Cannon fodder for the Empire! Let’s here it for Lord Kitchner.. bloody bastard!
About the only thing Obama has done that I agree with was creating the River Raisin national battlefield.
Most of the little Americans know about the war of 1812 is from the east coast and New Orleans battles but the war in the midwest was one nasty brutal guerrilla war.
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