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The Canadian veteran and the Canadian people have been violently, viciously, mindlessly attacked by a group of self-hating, snarling, selfish, ungrateful, cowardly, spoiled, moral-relativist ingrates. The Canadian government allowed their martial history to be turned over to a PC group of self-important narcissists who are not ignorant; therefore they are evil.
In the face of the huge sacrifice Canadian people have made throughout history for others, what greets you when you come in. This
These people are pigs. Absolute pigs. I don't think I've ever been as ashamed of my country as I am today.While we are on the subject of art. The people who pick their collection's "
While I am being a petulant child right now; let's talk about the building proper. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: It is ugly. Just ugly. I mean, look at that thing.
Why is it so ugly? Check out the verbiage
In order to ensure that we heard the voices of Canadians, Joe Geurts, Director and CEO of the Canadian War Museum and I traveled across the country to listen to and learn from Canadians. The thoughts and opinions that were voiced were surprisingly varied, and the greatest divergence was evident between the male and female perspectives. We realized that if the Canadian War Museum was to attract a larger audience, its architecture and its exhibitions would have to speak to women, youth, new Canadians from around the world, and Canada’s First Peoples.What a load of self-important, post-modernist crap. There, value judgment again. Here is a war museum.
The new Canadian War Museum presents a thrilling yet complex challenge: the planning, design and construction of a new national museum dedicated to telling, interpreting, and presenting historical events that have shaped the very character of Canada.
The designers didn’t want to create a pale of bland experience, but an intense, emotional, memorable and , above all, honest presentation of the moments which have helped define Canada’s national identity.
War, unvarnishedWell Elizabeth kiss my ass. Canada, you get what you vote for. Where did the problem start? Here's a hint.
There are few heroes in the new Canadian War Museum, just an honest portrayal of suffering, pain and sacrifice, writes Elizabeth Payne.
"If you can find a more controversial subject than war and what it does to human beings, I don't know what it is," says senior historian Dean Oliver.Yea, well Olie, you can kiss my ass too.
And yet military museums have long been criticized for sanitizing war -- portraying more guts and glory than brutal reality.
"They defined warfare as basically tales of derring-do and courage on the part of individuals, oftentimes for quite patriotic reasons -- to help recruit people to fight for the country."
Not quite propaganda, Mr. Oliver says, but almost.
The museum reflects a new take on heroes in several ways:
- Gen. Isaac Brock's death at the Battle of Queenston Heights during the War of 1812 is described in simple terms through the eyes of a teenage soldier: "The general was shot, fell down, and died." An ordinary death on the battlefield.
- Laura Secord, the iconic heroine of the War of 1812, comes to life through the eyewitness account of two Iroquois warriors who escorted her on her famous walk to warn the British of an American ambush, a reminder that there are many forms of courage, not all of them recognized.
- Louis Riel is presented as others saw him and visitors are challenged to reach their own conclusions about whether he was hero, traitor or something in between.
Controversies tend to circle around museums and even before it opened, there were complaints about this one.The sad thing is, the rest of Canada and the ruling Mandarins in Ottawa didn't care. Gertrude and her friends won the day.
Some veterans complained that after all their lobbying and fundraising, they were ignored in the planning. Others said the stress on the horrors of war ignores the positive contributions made by soldiers who helped destroy Nazism.
Cliff Chadderton, former head of the War Amps and a strong voice in veterans' circles, complained that two paintings hanging in the new museum portray Kyle Brown and Clayton Matchee, Airborne soldiers who were implicated in the beating death of a teenager in Somalia in 1992.
Brown served a prison term for manslaughter. Matchee suffered brain damage in a suicide attempt and remains in hospital, judged unfit for trial.
Chadderton said the two, and the Somalia incident, don't deserve a place in the museum.
The museum and artist, Gertrude Kearns, said the military should be seen warts and all. They refused to take down the paintings.
When a Southern boy like me has more respect for your veterans, things are in a sad state up north. I'm not about to loose my religion, but I am loosing my education over this. Being that I try to keep thing PG-13 and somewhat adult....Everyone to the left of Kate in Canada: KISS MY ASS.
OK, this wasn't short.
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