Cross-posted from Anthropologists for Justice and Peace, this important video was produced by the Fédération des femmes du Québec [Quebec Women’s Federation] (see also in Twitter), to denounce the continued practice of the Canadian Forces recruiting at schools. In addition, the video calls on Canada to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan immediately.
In the video, the mother says:
“People say, ‘Make love, not war,’ but, come on, that’s not what they should say. What they should say is ‘Make love for war,’ because it takes a lot of children to build an army.”
“If I had known that in giving life, I would be providing cannon fodder, I might not have had a child.”
The mother in the video says that her oldest child was killed in Afghanistan, while her youngest returned from the war with mental problems. Her third child, a daughter (whose duffel bag she is packing), has just been recruited at her school.
The conservative and pro-war mainstream media in Canada, which is releasing more and more articles featuring grieving parents requiring more war to validate and vindicate the deaths of their children, has marshaled a selective group of parents to express outrage at the video. The FFQ, I am very happy to say, stands by the video and its message and refuses to take it down.
Quebec is Canada’s leading anti-war province in terms of the overwhelming majority that has consistently opposed the war in Afghanistan since the start. That is one of the things that makes Quebec a great place in which to live and work. In addition, Quebec has been the site of recent armed action against a Canadian Forces recruitment centre. Résistance Internationaliste has claimed responsibility for that and other actions. The Canadian Forces are not allowed to recruit on university campuses, but can recruit at the university-preparatory schools known as CEGEPS as well as high schools. In other provinces, especially in impoverished zones, Canadian Forces set up tents on campus and focus on students graduating in areas where employment prospects are very dim. The Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has devoted increases in funding to Canadian military recruitment via a media campaign, and even the guide to new citizens stresses the “nobility” of serving in the military.
Here is an old anti-war hit song, sung by Marilyn Horne in 1915. Will it be protested as well? Is there a Facebook page that has been launched to rail against it too?
- ‘Cannon fodder’ video angers Quebec military families (canada.com)
- Anti-military video attacked by Que. families (cbc.ca)
- Mother of slain soldier urges Harper to extend Afghan mission (nationalpost.com)