I too have personal military experience, albeit not in the Second World War.
With all due respect to Mr. Rayment, I heartily disagree with his assessment of what has been proposed by the new Liberal government.
If I believed that the involvement of six bombers from this country made any significant contribution to the war effort, I would concur with his opinion.
I do not.
I believe that Canada needs to regain the position of moral authority that started with Lester Pearson, and his Nobel Peace Prize for bringing waring countries together to solve the Suez Crisis in 1956.
Canadian peacekeepers with the United Nations in places like Egypt and Cyprus were regarded with respect, not the condemnation that comes with blasting civilians into oblivion in the hopes that an ISIS commander will get caught in the crossfire.
In the same way in which the previous government managed, with the connivance of an electorate that was blind to the proceedings, to subvert what parliamentary government was supposed to be, the vote to continue military participation in Iraq, was an insult to the humanitarian principles for which this country used to be representative in the eyes of the rest of the world.
I think for Mr. Rayment or myself to speak for how the military would feel about this decision is presumptuous.
Let people like Lt.-Gen. Leslie, who is now the government whip, reflect the realities of a military attitude that is current and real.