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*An outstanding piece of writing!!!........*

One American's View; David Meadows is a retired US Navy Captain and the
author of numerous books and articles on military subjects. This message
was on the U.S. Military.Com website. It appears that Mr. Meadows knows
one helluva lot more about what the Canadian military is doing than most
Canadians and Americans. I trust this message will assist to improve
their knowledge.

David Meadows ~ April 27, 2006

On April 22, 2006 four Canadian soldiers were killed in Afghanistan
by a roadside bomb. Respects and heartfelt sadness go to the
families of those heroes who stand alongside the U.S. In the Long
War half a world away. While we focus on the war in Iraq, the
fighting continues in Afghanistan where side-by-side the U.S. And
one of its most loyal allies, Canada, engage the re-emergence of the
Taliban.

Canada is like a close uncle who constantly argues, badgers, and
complains about what you are doing, but when help is truly needed,
you can't keep him away: he's right there alongside you. We have a
unique relationship with Canada. We have different political
positions on many issues, but our unique friendship has weathered
world wars, global crises, and the ever-so-often neighborhood
disagreement.

Canada has been with us since the beginning of the Global War on
Terrorism. In February 2006, without fanfare Canada, leading a
multinational force combating growing Taliban insurgency, increased
troop strength in Afghanistan to 2,300. With the American military
stretched thin against rising instability in both Iraq and
Afghanistan, an ally that increases its troop strength is inspiring
and deserves our respect.

Katrina was another example of our close family-like relationship.
Katrina struck the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005. Two days later,
the Vancouver Urban Search and Rescue Team rushed from British
Columbia, Canada to Saint Bernard Parish, Louisiana. In this Parish
of 68,000 Americans, the first responders were Canadians. Overall,
within the devastated Gulf Coast area, it appears Canada was the
first responder outside of local efforts. They worked 18-hour days,
going door-to-door alongside Louisiana State Troopers, rescuing
119-Americans.

While FEMA ramped up to surge into the catastrophe; while the
administration and Louisiana fought for the politically correct way
to respond; Canadian aid was already at work.

The Canadian Forces Joint Task Group 306 consisting of the warships
HMCS Athabaskan, HMCS Toronto, NSMC Ville de Quebec, and CCGC
William Alexander sailed to the Gulf Coast to deliver humanitarian
supplies. They stayed, working alongside U.S. Navy and Mexican
warships, to provide aid to Katrina victims.

Katrina was not an anomaly of our close relationship. When Hurricane
Ivan devastated Pensacola, Florida in October 2004 Canadian
humanitarian help was there also. Canadian power trucks roamed the
streets and countryside helping restore electricity where Americans
had a unique experience of running into workmen who only spoke French.

Canada took a lot of undeserved flak for failing to leap into
Operation Iraqi Freedom when our administration sent us galloping
across the desert. But Canada remains one of our staunchest allies
in the war. When United States military forces were fighting up the
highways in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Canada quietly increased troop
numbers in Afghanistan and continued Naval operations with U.S.
Warships in the Persian Gulf.

I was at the Pentagon on 9/11, stationed on the Joint Staff. During
the early hours after the attack, the United States closed its air
space and ordered every aircraft within our borders to land
immediately at the nearest airfield. Canada immediately stood up an
Operations Support Post. With civil aviation grounded, aircraft
destined for the United States were forced elsewhere. Most landed in
Canada. Re-routed travelers and flight crews were hosted at Canadian
Forces facilities in Goose Bay, Gander, and Stephenville,
Newfoundland; Halifax, Shearwater, and Aldershot, Novia Scotia;
Winnipeg, Manitoba; and, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

Canada rapidly mobilized its forces. Within hours, the Canadian Navy
was on alert with ships preparing to cast off immediately for any
U.S. Port to help victims of the 9/11 attacks. Canada's Disaster
Assistance Response Team prepared to deploy from Trenton, Ontario.
Canada dispersed CF-18 fighter aircraft to strategic locations
throughout Canada. No politics. No negotiating. No questions. They
were just there. Canada would have fought any adversary that
approached the United States that day.

Canada has been such an integral partner with the United States in
the Global War on Terrorism that on December 7, 2004 when President
Bush awarded the Presidential Unit Citation to Commander Joint Force
South for combat success in Afghanistan, he was also recognizing the
secretive Canadian Joint Task Force 2 commando counter-terrorism unit.

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded 30 Bronze Star medals for
heroism in combat to Canadian Forces personnel. Some of those 30
died in action. Many of the others were wounded. These Canadians
earned this American medal for heroism fighting alongside Americans.
When we recall our own dead heroes, we must remember that these
warriors gave their lives not only for Canada, but also for the
United States.

Canada is more than a neighbor. It is a close family member with the
gumption to disagree with its brother to the south but always be
there when disaster strikes and America needs help. For that, I
salute you, Canada, and extend my respect for the sacrifices given
by members of the Canadian Forces.
 

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What does this got to do with motorcycles?

Wht Lightning
 

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Whitelightnig & Wingriderz What a cold thing to say to our Canadian brother. He is on this forum so I would imagine he rides a motorcycle. I for one enjoyed his post and it made me feel good that we have such good neighbors up to the north.
 

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Cockleburr said:
Whitelightnig & Wingriderz: What a cold thing to say to our Canadian brother.
I'll second that.
There's probably ten posts on any given day - on the General Board - that have little or nothing to do with motorcycles or riding. Yet the poster doesn't get jumped on.
Like Mom used to say - "if you haven't got anything nice to say, then just keep quiet".
Thank you Canada. Some day, I hope I get the opportunity to ride my Wing through your majestic forests.
 

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thekid was riding his Wing, when he remembered reading this, and decided to post it when he got home. Thanks for the post, I enjoyed reading something good for a change.
 

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As I began to read this post, I never thought once that post did not belong here. Thanks for posting this great info.

We, members of this board, can learn a lot about each other from postings. In fact I learned a little about the"thekid" and "whitelightning." There are positive post, and there are negative post. I believe positive post make us better people.

Thekid, I lived in Tacoma for some time while serving in the Air Force. I had the opportunity to travel to Vancouver for youth hockey where our kids would spend the night with our Canadian neighbors. In-turn, the Canadian teams would travel to Tacoma and stay with us. I must tell you that the Canadians were some of the most friendly I've ever run into. Thank you for being part of this board.

By the way, I ride a Goldwing. I have short legs. Does anyone know what I can do to increase the length of my legs so I'm more comfortable on the Wing?

Hows that for a motorcycle post!
 

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Patriot .
Good point, it never occured to me either , that the post did not :? :? :? belong here. Guess it was because i have read so many other posts that weren't completely bike related , but that i thought were very informative , and i never would have read them if they were on the
"off topic" board........
Joe.
 

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Wing, you have the same rights as everyone else on this board. And that is to move on to another post or close the site if you see something that is not, in your opinion, motorcycle related. To a great extent, this board is self-regulating, and while your input is valued, we don't have to agree with it. You compare someone posting something that, again, in your opinion, is not motorcycle related, to anarchy, but continue to post messages that also are not motorcycle related. That's kind of like the guy who's going 10 mph over the speed limit getting upset when someone passes him going 20 mph over the speed limit. Both are breaking the law (speed limits are not suggestions, they are the law).

I personally enjoyed the post, and knew most of the information already. My sister-in-law has a cottage in Quebec Province and we hear about these things quite regularly. And the fact that I am retired Navy and the article was written by a former Navy Captain just added to my pleasure in reading it.

Beauty (and what is or should not be posted on this board) is in the eye of the beholder. I think there is a fine line between some of the posts and what ought to be on the OTB, but mostly, the moderators keep a sharp eye on what should or should not be posted here.

So take this as the nicest way I know of saying, get off it! Most of us here (and I have been since 2001) don't mind the few off topic posts, especially if they are of a positive nature - as compared to your posts regarding this subject.

Mesquite Bob
 

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I am not saying there was anything wrong with the post, but it should have been in the off topic board. Not the general message board.

Wht lightning
 

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Well said Bob.

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