In the realm of peace there comes a moment in the lives of people where a decision has to be made to sacrifice. On a personal level, in the chaos of war, sacrifice maybe your life for the protection of your friends. These sacrifices are the foundations of why soldiers become so close to each other. To experience, know and believe that your friends will go to such lengths, as you would do the same for them, is a very humbling state of mind. Using that understanding we can gauge the situation in which the world is in. The question being: is there any country that would defend another to the point of certain death?
The short answer is no. That level of friendship does not exist in the world of international politics. Some may point to the actions taken in Iraq and Afghanistan. Those wars were not about defending a friend; they were about self-preservation at the cost of your friend. Iraq is in a far worse state than before the war. Afghanistan is no better today compared to what life was like fifteen years ago. To be honest, at no time were the countries involved ever in grave danger.
Now the argument is made that soldiers died and that is an indication of our sacrifice. I have lost many friends due to war and I can tell you that most people in Canada do not know or understand such a cost. Our soldiers died and we honour that sacrifice because they were in harm’s way, our country was never at harm. I recall one particular media personality saying in 2007 that Canada has not been at war since 1945. Life continued on as much in the same manner in 2011 as it did in the past forty or so years.
At this moment I can hear a litany of opposition saying, how dare you say such a thing? Vicarious feelings and crocodile tears are what those people offer. The hypocrisy of mentality today is solidified in the minds of people. They will talk of dedication of friendship as a BFF which may only last a year, all the while forgetting that the last F is forever. A small matter, perhaps yet it is a reality to how far the world has slipped when it comes to true friendship.
This self- attachment to external drama being conveyed as personal experience is bullshit. Perhaps such a world is too stressful for those people? Perhaps they are not capable to see the joy of having such deep understanding and commitment? Perhaps the character of today is more fragile? Whatever it is, I hope it gets resolved so that we can regain our strong sense of what true friendship is all about.
And I do know I am as guilty of such bullshit myself. I did not play in the World Junior Hockey tournament but I can understand the feelings of Swedish, Russian Canadian and the players for Finland.