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A Loved Tin for a Beloved General - Few tins you will ever see are as mint as this tin is, still, after over 100 years. Kept in cherished memory of a general who actually was much loved, not only by the men he led, but by the British civilian population of the Empire he served.

Compare it, with another tin below, which many would consider in "fairly good" condition, in spite of the fading, gouges, dirt, and scratches. Its ebay seller claimed "There were several version of Keens boer war tin and this is probably the finest and certainly the most colorful."(sic) You be the judge...

Our tin is fabulous for another reason. It is the largest tin Keen made. Below the same Keen tin pattern, but issued in a much cut down version and is 15 cms high instead of 21.

Note how both the top and bottom floral borders are missing on the smaller version.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





Give me that old time general...

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Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

Without a doubt, the most spectacular and beautiful tin produced, probably during the entire Victorian period, was this Keen's Mustard tin celebrating Lord Roberts.

That it came from a Canadian estate is not unusual. Lord Roberts was the most popular general in Canadian history.

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Top Canadian-born generals have not fared well since. General Hughes was fired during World War I.

General Currie - Canada's top commander in World War I - was found to have diverted over $10,000 from the regiment where he was the commanding Lieut. Col., to his private bank account because he was broke. The stigma of criminality hung over him all during the war, but was overlooked by Prime Minister Borden because Currie was successful as a battlefield commander.

A current Canadian general (Rick Hillier) is wildly popular with the media-owning upper classes because of his "American style" bellicose attitude, and his commonsensical solution to dealing with Muslim freedom fighters in far-off Asia.

"We're the Canadian Forces and our job is to be able to kill people."

They love him at the Globe & Mail where they have propped him up as A Nation Builder of the 21st Century, along with Margaret Attwood, Canada's most famous, and most successful writer.

A noted liberal and humanitarian Canadian voice, she must blanche with utter horror to be placed in the company of a general whose public statements emphasize that his idea of nation building is to kill the people who disagree with him, notably the Muslims he opposes in Afghanistan, whom he publicly called:

"detestable murderers and scumbags"

It's definitely a first. No Canadian general in history has been so taken with the "American killer instinct" that the non-white world knows all about - Vietnam, atom bombs on Japanese women and children, drone madness on Afghan wedding parties, and at home, Timothy McVeigh, Harris & Klebold, etc.....

It is no surprise, therefore, that no patriotic tin like this has ever been made to celebrate a Canadian general.

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Though some are working hard to come up with something suitable, for today's generation of loud, rude, and crude generals, and all their battlefield successes...

In Christmas 2009 General Hillier's troops are fighting a war in Afghanistan, where Lord Roberts once fought, but with much greater success than his Canadian successors.

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Perhaps we can find the material there to make a patriotic tin to celebrate a Canadian general's handiwork...


Keen's Mustard, Lord Roberts Boer War Tin - 1900

Orig. tin - Size - 17 x 17 x 21h cm
Found - Dundas, ON

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Bobs, like all the great British Victorian generals, was an "Officer and a Gentleman" first and always, and would have taken a dim view of the uncouth, loudmouth, barroom brawler types, who have become generals in the modern world, and offend educated people with the idiocies they rave on about on the nightly news. No wonder no one wants memorabilia of any of them.

Another loud media general, Lewis MacKenzie was soundly rejected at the polls by his home town citizens - they knew him best - when he tried to run for public office. But they can't get rid of him that easily.

Now they have to put up with his thinly-disguised, anti-Muslim bluster, nightly on TV. The Canadian media loves to give right-wing ranters all the time and space they want. Just don't look for equal time for Muslim voices in the Canadian media... which is owned and run by non-Muslim
- make that openly anti-Muslim - interest groups and tribes...

Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

A fabulous war souvenir - Queen Victoria's famous chocolate tin gift to her soldiers in South Africa - that belonged to a member of the Royal Warwickshire Regt.

After the war he moved to Canada bringing this war souvenir with him.

Like numerous soldiers he never touched the tin or chocolate. It still sits inside exactly as it was packed in England.

When he returned from the wars he had the tin and his cap and collar badges mounted (in Liverpool) in velvet inside this frame.

This tin was made by Rowntree.

The tins are not identified by name by the manufacturing company. You have to learn how to tell them apart.

The chocolate inside is stamped with the name. But if there is none you are out of luck.

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Rowntree, Queen Victoria Chocolate Tin (framed) - South Africa, 1900
Orig. framed Rowntree tin & Royal Warwickshire badges - Size - oa 34 x 43 cm
Found - Jordan, ON

Boer War Tins - 1899-1900

Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

A fabulous tin that belonged to Canadian James Diffey.

He was no fool; he ate the chocolate, and used the tin for the rest of his life to hold buttons, pinbacks, etc.

In fact the vast majority of tins are empty and are also often badly bashed looking.

James' tin is in very good shape in comparison; he cherished it and protected it for the rest of his life. So this tin is one of the rare ones that can be linked to a named soldier.

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The vast majority of tins that survive are lamentably, not named.

This tin was made by Cadbury's. It's not marked, so guess how we know?


Cadbury's, Queen Victoria Chocolate Tin - South Africa, 1900 (James Diffey)
Orig. Cadbury's tin - Size - 8.5 x 16 cm
Found - Wingham, ON
Prov - James Diffey Collection
Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

Sometimes you can find tins which still have the original chocolate in them.

This is the only direct way to identify the company that had the tin manufactured. The tins are not otherwise stamped or named.

The chocolate that has lasted in different tins varies wildly in how well it has survived more than 100 years and two world wars...

We would call this fairly good condition. But the packing straw and covering paper has rotted away during the years.

It's hard to determine if there were 6 pieces (shown here) originally, or 12, as even with packing, there is room for another layer of six here.


Rowntree, Queen Victoria Chocolate Tin & Chocolate - South Africa, 1900
Orig. Rowntree tin & contents - Size - 9.5 x 15.5 cm
Found - Great Yarmouth, UK

Right is all that is left of the 6 or 12 bars that Rowntree had packed into the tin. And straw packing of which only bits remain above.

Below a better preserved, more complete, Rowntree interior.


By analyzing the Queen's embossed medallion we can identify how Cadbury's and Fry packed their chocolates.

Cadbury's (no clearance on the medallion) right packed some as 24 thin squares, wrapped in silver paper. 16 of this lot were eaten by somebody, hopefully not recently...

But other Cadbury's interiors show that they also filled other tins with 12 thin long wafers that were covered in silver paper.

Once unwrapped they show Cadbury's imprinted on the chocolate.

Apparently the three pacifist Quaker families who ran the three chocolate companies did not want to gain, or be seen to gain, commercial advantage by putting their names on the tins.

But, the story goes, Queen Victoria did not want her soldiers to feel they were getting cheap Walmart chocolate from her, so she insisted they flag the quality by branding the chocolate itself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 







Below
Fry (the bust is tight up against its surround, and the dots are elongated) packed in either 6 or 12, long bars like Rowntree.

Right a remnant of a piece of chocolate wrongly identified, by a Canadian militaria dealer, as "likely Cadbury, who supplied the chocolate for these cases." Except that Cadbury was not the company's name, and it did not use block letters to identify its chocolate as Cadbury's. (In fact even the Cadbury website wrongly identifies its brands in the 19th century as Cadbury when the chocolate from 1900 above clearly identifies the proper company brand in use then, as Cadbury's.)

In fact, the wrongly named chocolate remnant is packed inside a Fry box, so it's Fry chocolate, and shows that Fry used block letters, like Rowntree to identify its bars.

 

 

Can you spot the differences among the three Boer War chocolate tin types?


Counterclockwise from top: Cadbury's, Fry, Rowntree.


Cadbury's tin size compared to Rowntree & Fry.


Cadbury's Tin - cramped medallion


Rowntree Tin - floating bust base, angled signature


Fry Tin 1 - cramped bust base, level signature


Fry Tin 2 - cramped bust base, level signature


Fry top - Rowntree bottom

Britain's three biggest chocolate manufacturing companies were given the job of producing the chocolate tins: Cadbury's, Fry, and Rowntree. They produced 40,000 tins. (Fry later made 3,000 more.)

Though, at first glance, all appear to be the same, there are important and easily noticeable differences, as all three companies used different manufacturers to make the tinware to hold their chocolate.

Cadbury's - Canadian James Diffey's tin right was made for Cadbury's by Hudson Scott.

It was the smallest of the three. It is instantly identified by the fact that the medallion has no clearance above and below the blue bordering rim of the tin.

Rowntree vs Fry - Right another Rowntree tin, like the framed one top, which also contains the chocolate below.

Rowntree tins were made for them by Barringer, Wallis and Manners. Fry's tins were made by Barclay & Fry.

The Rowntree tin is the most artistically designed box of the three.

It is the same size as the two tins made by Fry below but is still easy to distinguish from them.

In the Rowntree tin the Queen's message is more rakishly presented, sloping artistically up to the right. And the Queen's signature angles up and is well clear of the blue border. Lots of red underneath.

In the Fry tin the text is thinner, and horizontally level overall and has the Queen's signature more level and cramped down to the blue edge.

In the Rowntree tin the Queen's bust is set more artistically smaller inside the medallion leaving a comfortable clearance.

In the Fry tin the Queen's bust is cramped right up against the edge at the bottom, again, like the signature, touching the bordering edge.

In the Rowntree tin the medallion is rimmed with large dots that are clear of each other. Fry uses thicker, elongated tabs that are touching each other.






 

 


 

 

 






The Rowntree box is rimmed with a deep blue, like the Cadbury's; but the Fry box rim is a lighter blue, almost turquoise in comparison.

Originally the three companies - all were Quaker owned - did not want to involve their companies in war profiteering by producing the tins.

But it was a time of war and they felt that obeying the Queen was the proper and patriotic thing to do. It was probably also better for business to be seen not to be disloyal. So, ahem, all the companies imprinted their names in big letters on every chocolate bar.

Below women pack the tins for South Africa sometime in November 1899.

Wooden boxes are stamped for Cape Town.


Below Lord Methuen's men unpack chocolate from the Queen on the Modder River.

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year - NOT

What else is new?

In typical military fashion, the men who laid their lives on the line, got their seasonal gifts very, very late, but - hey - in time for St. Valentine's Day, we hope...

One soldier notes he got his in February at Chievely Camp, which was a huge staging compound on the main railway line.

God only knows when the troops in the remote locations got theirs...


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





Canadian Private C. Jackson writing to his father at home.

"I have just received a box of chocolate, Her majesty's present to the South African soldiers, which just arrived today. It is very nice, in fact almost too good to keep here, there is such a demand for them by the officers and everybody else, as mementos. In fact I have been offered 5 pounds for mine, and at the Cape as much as 10 pounds is being paid, so you will readily understand why I am sending mine home. Somebody might take a fancy to it as they did to my match safe. Take good care of it until I return, which I expect will be in a few months....." 

Private Jackson never did get to see his tin, or Canada again..... He was one of the first to fall on Bloody Sunday at Paardeberg, a few weeks later, on Feb. 18, 1900.

Many soldiers scratched their names on tins, then sent them home - often to mothers and fathers - for safekeeping till their boys returned from the wars, to pick them up.


Many Boer War vets framed their tins and kept them, in a prominent place in the house, till they died ..

Those who were lucky enough to survive the Boer War - over 20,000 British troops did not - had a souvenir of what would mark the high point in their lives.

Until World War I, came along...

Thousands of Boer War vets died in the butchery that followed.

Those who survived, dusted off their Boer War tins and reminisced, that truly, the Boer War was the high point of their lives.

A time when war was fought by Gentlemen, and resulted in thrilling chases across the glorious landscape of South Africa.

And yes, vets would often talk about their Boer War experiences, never about World War I, the worst and most useless war ever orchestrated by the political leaders of the European countries on a helpless world.

And hey they're doing it again in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and... Well at least this time they're not killing fellow Christians...

Below, a good look at a Fry tin.

Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

The largest, and also the most rare of the Boer War tins, is this fabulous Union Jack box, which features four military figures on the sides. Baden-Powell and Lord Roberts are shown.

It once had Queen Victoria on top but wear has reduced her to a shadow.

Clearly this tin, because of its large size was used as a regular household item for years, until someone decided to safeguard it for future generations.

It is the only one we have ever seen.

It is also rare because it is the only Victorian tin box we have ever seen that features a Canadian commander on the side: Col. William Dillon Otter, who took Canada's first ever military command overseas, to take part in the subjugation of the Boers for the British sovereign.

Unlike many British tins it is not stamped with a name so may be Canadian manufactured.

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Patriotic Boer War Generals Tin - 1900
Orig. tin - Size - 20 x 20 x 18 cm
Found - Cheltenham, ON
Prov - Gordon & Barbara Rank Coll

There are a variety of Boer War tins which feature medallions of British generals. The trio found on this tin - Baden-Powell, Roberts, and Kitchener - are common on them all.

Roberts and Kitchener, in turn, commanded the British army in the almost three year war against the Boer farmers in South Africa, and so are obvious choices.

Baden-Powell - who later went on to found the Boy Scout movement - won near mythic status for holding out for months in Mafeking, a small, remote frontier town, though he was surrounded and bombarded with guns by Boer commandos.

But to find Canadian Col. Otter included among the greats is rare indeed.

Considered to be Canada's first professional soldier he was not popular with his men, who suspected his loyalties. These civilian volunteers were feverish Canadians and chafed under the military idiocies they had to contend with. Just as much as Otter loved them.

His men were from civvy street, had real jobs, and many were well educated. They had signed up for a year of adventure in a straight jacket - the army - but retained a natural aversion to idiotic military rules and behaviours demanded by their British officers. They saw Otter as slavishly groveling to please the British officer corps, on whom he depended for advancement. Since Canada had no real standing army, the Canadian Militia was run by a British group of officers in Ottawa, Canada.

For Otter it worked - he later became the first Canadian to command the Canadian army.

But, in fact, his Boer War command somewhat fell apart when the contract for a year of service ended. Roberts wanted the Canadians to extend and Otter desperately tried to push the men to agree. But there was mass refusal and he had to take his boys home with his tail between his legs.

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Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

Victory Chlorodyne Lozenge, Boer War Generals Patriotic Tin - 1900
Orig. tin - Size - 14 x 22 x 11h cm
Found - Worksop, UK
A fine example of a common tin, featuring Queen Victoria, Bobs on the left, and General Buller, the first Boer War top commander in South Africa, who was, if anything, even a greater gentleman and humanitarian than his successor.
Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

Boer War Generals Patriotic (Town Views Pattern) Tin - 1900
Orig. tin - Size - 14 x 22 x 11h cm
Found - Greely, ON
A fine example of another common tin, featuring Bobs on top, Lord Kitchener, his successor as top Boer War commander, left, and Baden-Powell of Mafeking and Boy Scout fame. They are superimposed on views of the towns associated with their triumphs.
Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

British & Bennington Souvenir Artillery Shell Tea Tin - 1900
Orig. tin - Size - 9.5 x 21 cm
Found - Napanee, ON

A fabulous tea tin which was popular in Canada during the Boer War.

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Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

Dodo Repro Tin, Boer War Generals, c 1970s
Orig. tin - Size - 9 x 9 x 14h cm
Found - London, ON
Dodo Designs, Made in England on hinge side

Nice, eh? Think again; this is a fake, the most common fake around of a fairly common old tin that looks (almost) like it.

Below you are looking at the key of how to tell the real one from the fake. And no, it's not because it looks beaten up, which any dealer can easily do...

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Do you know how to tell the real one from a fake?

It is not a surprise, that some, who should know better, ascribe magical powers to even the Queen Victoria chocolate tin, with which we started this page.

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Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

Ridgways Tea Tin, Earl Kitchener & Sir John French - 1914
Orig. tin - Size - 9.5 x 13 x 13h cm
Found - Jarvis, ON

A very nice tin, in great condition, from World War I, but no match for the Boer War tins, either in size, or embellishment. Clearly the old thrill for war wasn't the same as a dozen years before.

But Ridgways Tea thought - before it was too late - that people ought to have a "War Souvenir," lest it be over too quickly and people would have nothing to remember it by.

And hey, why not, like in the Boer War, defeat the dastardly Germans with a cavalry charge, oh, and a troop of gallant boy scouts, you know, like Baden-Powell recruited to save Mafeking...!

Featured on top and front are two Boer War generals, including the famed cavalry commander John French, suitably overprinted on a cavalry charge.

This tin is from 1914 when the thrill of battle was in the air, with the outbreak of the Great War in August. Lord Kitchener, on the lid, was made Secretary of War then, and General French the British commander in France.

Great Canadian Heritage Treasure
Memorial Plaque, Joseph Roscoe 1917
Orig. bronze - Size - 12 cm
Found - Orangeville, ON
Thanks to a compassionate Canadian Government, some 66,000 of these very fine war souvenirs (the Dead Man's Penny) were sent to grateful Canadian families as a reminder of a brother, father, uncle, nephew, or cousin, who never returned from the War to End All Wars. Or was it to Make the World Safe for Democracy? Or was it a War Against Terrorism...? Sorry, we're not quite sure what they were trying to do... Or what they accomplished with their millions of dead... But we'll grant you, it is a nice plaque...


The hope that good boy scouts could save the situation died quickly. And the idiocy of cavalry charges against machine guns, soon brought the necessity of needing "war souvenirs" to an end.

Within months, tombstones and memorial crosses in the hundreds of thousands, to a lost generation, would give almost every family a personal souvenir to remember how "Great" the war was.

And prove to one and all, again, how superior the "white" European Christian civilization was to that of the Brown, Black, and other non-Christian peoples of the world.







Incidentally, the very same mind set, in the very same group of white European Judeo-Christian zealots, has led to the horrific and growing bloodbath of non-white Muslim civilians - women, teenagers, children, and men - in Lebanon, Gaza, Iraq, and Afghanistan, a century later.

As the bodies piled up, within months, General French would be dismissed to be replaced with Butcher Haig, who increased the body count horrifically.

And sadly, for collectors, the mania for producing nice patriotic tins like this would evaporate into thin air.

Tea tin manufacturers began to realize, very late in the game, what educated people already knew: that war was too important to be left to generals, that generals should not be celebrated, for they only had one talent - create a mound of bodies, and in the 20th and 21st centuries, that meant mostly civilians, and mostly women, teenagers, children, and old men... Though we'll allow that these fine Christian men are now targeting only Muslims...

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Well at least the generals are up front about what they're intent on doing...

"We're the Canadian Forces and our job is
to be able to kill people."
- Canadian General Rick Hillier

People with the mind set of General Hillier, and his cloying media sickophants (Christie Blatchford, Michael Valpy, Rosie DiManno, Globe & Mail editorial board) created the worst man-made disaster ever to strike mankind - World War I...

At Christmas, and in the New Year, it may be a time for reflection as we ask...

How are we doing, God?

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Copyright Goldi Productions Ltd. 1996-1999-2005
Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

Plaster Bust, General Haig - 1916
Orig. plaster - Size - 47 cm
Found - Dundas, ON

During the Boer War thousands of busts were produced to honour British generals.

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After Butcher Haig, in World War I, no one wanted busts to remind them of generals anymore.

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Victorian VC Tin (1890s) - The Courage of Hands-on Combat

Right During the Crimean War (1855) at Sebastopol, British Sergeant Ablett VC, grabs a fused artillery shell, that is seconds from going off among his colleagues in a trench, and lobs it over the parapet, where it immediately explodes. He got the Victoria Cross for risking his own life to save his mates from certain death.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





Then & Now - Fighting the Muslims in Afghanistan in 1880 and 2008.

This fabulous Victorian tin shows how much war has changed in the 21st century in Afghanistan.

The tin celebrates British Gunner Collis' supreme courage by drawing the Afghan's attention, and fire, on himself at Maiwand in Afghanistan in 1880, so his mates could escape with the guns. He lived to get the VC.

A century later, Canadians and British forces are fighting the descendants of the very same people in Afghanistan, over exactly the same ground at Maiwand, where Gunner Collis won his VC.

But there will be no Victoria Cross tins, or Canadian VCs, in the modern Afghanistan War.

The reason is simple.

In Victorian times, soldiers of the contesting sides faced each other, out in the open, courageously, mano-a-mano. And may the best man win!

Great Canadian Heritage Treasure
General Buller Winning the VC - 1879

Orig. pc c 1904 - Size - 9 x 13 cm
Found - Woodstock, ON

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It brought out the selfless bravery in many men and officers - on both sides - who put their lives on the line, in the very face of the enemy, to protect their companions-in-arms.

Legendary British Boer War generals Lord Roberts and Sir Redvers Buller both won their Victoria Crosses as young officers in courageous direct fights with the enemy. Both men had many close friends who died in hand-to-hand combat.

So make no mistake, some of these men were selflessly heroic and brave and most certainly worthy of being memorialized with a VC, and on a Victoria Cross tin.

Take, for example, a VC like General Buller, who, during the Zulu Wars in South Africa, rode back into danger to rescue men who faced certain death had he not done so. And did it repeatedly, risking his own life. In any culture this was a courageous and selfless act by a great human being.

There is a big difference between him and and American, Gary Cooper - sorry we mean Sgt. York - who single-handedly killed 25 Germans and captured others for his US Congressional Medal of Honour.

Imagine trying to reintegrate someone who developed that skill, and a taste for it, back into civilian society. The US has many, many examples of Marines it programmed to kill, who returned with the killer instinct from the wars, and turned it loose on family, friends, or strangers.

The Canadian VC

During dinners or funerals for Victorian VCs, the praise was loud about the personal heroics on the field of battle by the men who won the award.

What is odd is that routinely, at Canadian eulogies for the fallen in Afghanistan, Canadian generals repeatedly refer to the character of the departed heroes as: "he always had a smile on his face," "he made others laugh," "he never complained," "he always did his tasks cheerily," "he was a buddy to all," "he had great potential as a leader,""he always had a joke for everyone," "he cheered everyone up," "he was always upbeat," etc.

It's more like what one would hear at a Boy Scout camp not a battlefield. They all, apparently, died with a smile on their face....

But it's understandable when one remembers that this Afghan War is being fought entirely differently from the one fought by Lord Roberts in 1880.

Unlike Lord Roberts, whose army took to the field against the Talibs (forerunners of the Taliban, that NATO is fighting) the NATO forces mostly hide behind the notorious "wire" - huge compounds encircled by protective frencing. Rarely do they venture out; most never do.

The personal courage in facing the enemy is gone; the jokester in camp remains.

Today Americans and Canadians do their fighting with bombs from planes, with Gatling guns from choppers, with cruise missiles from hundreds of miles away, with drones firing missiles from thousands of feet in the air, with artillery guns that blow apart houses, families, and often, wedding parties, 30 kms away.

When they do go outside the wire, they are sealed off from the Afghans of every description. They are boxed in iron tanks and personnel carriers from which most cannot even see out. All Afghans are told to keep well clear of NATO vehicles and troops. If they do not they are shot, regardless if they are women, children, or men. In the eyes of NATO troops they are all potential suicide bombers... and must be eliminated. Shoot first and ask questions later has cost many innocent Afghan civilians their lives.

It's hard to give VCs for that. But some are saying we should. After all it's dangerous, riding around in a foreign country where the locals plant explosives everywhere to blow you up - so you get the hint and go back home...


The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly - The tin stems from a period in history when the world was divided into Good Guys (the British of course) and the Bad Guys (all non-white, non-Christian peoples that resisted the British business classes extending the British Empire over their territories and peoples.)

So the British sent huge armies across the globe to subdue anyone who resisted. Just like in the 21st century the Americans are doing.

Today, the Americans, and their few white European Christian partners in crime at NATO, are depicted in the western media as the Good Guys, and the non-white Muslims in the Middle East, as the Bad - there to be overrun, controlled, imprisoned, humiliated, tortured, droned, or annihilated. (Hilary Clinton to Iran, "We will obliterate you!"

The Canadian generals call the US invasion of Afghanistan - belatedly approved by NATO - as "the Mission" as if it had some religious probity or holy purpose behind it.

At another time in history someone called a similar enterprise "The Final Solution." President Obama certainly sees it that way as he ramps up the killing by dispatching another 30,000 shooting and killing soldiers, in his War on Terror.

Going overboard in a hurry to prove he is highly overrated as a humanitarian and an intellectual, he proves it by pouring gas on a fire, when anyone who can read can tell that it is he and NATO who have terrorized Afghanistan so that with every passing month, more angry Muslims are rising up in Spain, Britain, Canada, Yemen, and a hundred other places around the globe. Luckily there are only 1.5 billion he can antagonize with his racist NATO agenda.

General Hillier is the first Canadian general, in history, to lose a war, as the Canadian Forces were first displaced from responsibility for Kandahar region by an exasperated US Secretary Gates, and are preparing to come home for keeps, having nothing to show for it but 140 dead young Canadians, and leaving behind countless dead civilians, and a huge growing insurgency of swarming angry Muslim freedom fighters in Afghanistan and other Muslim countries of the world.

And leaving Canada more reviled among other nations of the world than at any previous time in its history.


The Canadian who is most happy at Obama's ramping up the war against Muslims he called detestable murderers and scumbags and the chief philosopher for this school of thought, of how Canadians should help develop Afghanistan, is Canadian General Rick Hillier.








"We're the Canadian Forces and our job is to be able to kill people."

It is something General Buller VC, would never have said or believed.

It is something Lord Roberts VC, would never have said or believed.

But then they were both courageous Victoria Cross Winners, who braved certain death on the battlefield many times, while Hillier braved only the danger of high cholesterol from timbits on a bar stool at Tim Horton's... (He saw "Sergeant York" too many times while serving with the US Army stateside.)

Some things in history, and some mind sets never change, but remain mired in the most medieval and retrograde tribal passions.

Maiwand, Again - Of special interest is the panel of Saving the Guns at Maiwand, about which a famous canvas was also painted. Maiwand, was in fact, a horrific annihilation of most of an entire British Army at the hands of Afghan freedom fighters, in exactly the same area where the British and Canadians are fighting their descendants over who should control Afghanistan today - local Muslims, or foreign European Christians and their puppet collaborators.

And after 8 years of bloody warfare that has killed untold thousands of Muslim women, children, teenagers, and old men, it's not going well for the European Christians, at all.

God is seeing to that...


And, just like He did in the Middle Ages, the last time these same Christian Crusaders tried to take over control of Muslim territory in the Middle East, they are being repulsed with bloody losses.

So that Muslims could live freely in their own country and evolve according to their own schedule, not that set by greedy American businessmen and the military industrial complex they use to bend the helpless and weak nations of the world to their own will, for economic, and strategic military purposes.

But, but, but... to extend Peace and Freedom you say...

What nation has killed more people, in more countries, than the US since the Korean War?

Let's start with over a million Vietnamese women, children, teenagers, and men for openers...

You must mean the Peace and Freedom of the Grave...

Chew on that for awhile, then try a plug of tobacco from this rare Boer War tin that was sent to Scottish troops.