“You cannot say you are for our military and then not stand behind the things they do,” said Harper. (From A ‘sea of red’ unfolds as troop supporters crowd Parliament Hill)

This space welcomes guest blogger The Right Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada.


One week ago, as I addressed loyal Canadians on Parliament Hill, I made a statement that has ruffled a few weak-kneed feathers, and rattled a few yellow-bellied cages.

There are some who would tell you that this is a democracy, and that it is possible to support our troops while criticizing the orders that they are given.

I’m here today to tell you those people are wrong. If you truly want to support our troops, you cannot question their orders, or the people giving them, or the political party that got those people elected.

It doesn’t matter whether you disagree with those orders. It doesn’t matter whether those orders are patently stupid, dangerously insane or utterly incoherent. If we told the Canadian Forces to dress up in Ronald McDonald outfits and march into the maw of an erupting volcano while playing the theme to The Bob Newhart Show on kazoos, you would be honour-bound to support those orders to the hilt.

Just wanted to clarify.

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