War casualties

Tonight while browsing the online news websites I came across an article about the Remembrance Day service in Ottawa, that gave some statistics on the number of military casualties in five wars that Canada has fought in since 1899:

  • 244 in the Boer War (1899-1902).
  • 66,655 in the First World War (1914-1918).
  • 44,893 in the Second World War (1939-1945).
  • 516 in the Korean War (1950-1953).
  • 71 soldiers and a diplomat in Afghanistan (since the mission began in early 2002).

Canadian Dead in Five Wars

Those numbers made me marvel again at the amazing sacrifice made by Canada during WWI and WWII, and the high level of support for the war effort among the Canadian people. The rosolve was there because most Canadians believed that the cause was just.

It also made me wonder about the readiness of so many Canadians, including federal party leaders Dion and Layton, to abandon the people of Afghanistan, the majority of whom seem to appreciate the Canadian Forces’ efforts to bring stability and peace to their country.

One Response to “War casualties”

  1. Mr. C.C. says:

    Well, when we had our first death in the Afaghanistan mission, it was the first death involving war in 50 years. I think that is an accomplishment in itself. But we need to remember, whether or not we actually go to a ceremony or not of the sacrifice the soliders of past have made whether or not they were deployed.