Standing well back

I saw a bumper sticker in Canadian red and white, today.

STAND BEHIND OUR TROOPS

Perhaps a poor choice of phrase.

I won’t lie. If I found myself in Afghanistan, that’s exactly where I’d be: cowering behind the troops. But that’s hardly the kind of admission that goes on a bumper sticker.

Of course, we all stand behind the troops. Any declaration of support for our military is mostly empty because it is universal. To suggest that any party or political point of view has a monopoly on good-will for Canadian soldiers is ludicrous.

People who need to use these kinds of statements to justify their politics really are cowering behind the troops.

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