Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

A fabulous Canadian Boer War era ceramic souvenir vase trumpeting "Canada Our Country," during a time when nationalism, patriotism, and jingoism - who says history doesn't repeat on me? - were wonderfully wrapped up with symbols that were, almost all, non-Canadian: four different British flags (Union Jack, Royal, Naval, and Merchant Marine Ensigns, the thistle (Scottish), and the rose (English).

The only Canadian symbols were the maple leaf, and at the top, the beaver, that enragingly pesky varmint that can be found disporting itself, in wild abandon, all over Canada even today. And - what else is new? - the Canadian variety, of the species, is found to be vastly superior to the American...

If Canadians were keen on "Our Country" they were nothing, if not wild, about "Our Favourite Bobs," the most popular general in Canadian history. No one, before or since, has come close to stirring such popular enthusiasm, with the possible exception of - you guessed it - Isaac Brock (a Brit who died protecting Canada, in 1812, from warring Americans, and is honoured today by Canada's biggest war memorial), and the Duke of Wellington (a Brit whose decommissioned boys settled much of Canada's heartland - after they all defeated Old Boney in Europe during the Napoleonic Wars - and named everything not already named King or Queen, after their beloved former commander.)

Canadians as a rule, don't really like generals - they like killing too much. But Canadians could sense that Bobs was different - he didn't act or talk like that. And he didn't lose wars... Where are you Bobs, when we need you?

Vase, Canada Our Country, Wm Lowe - 1899
Orig. ceramic - Size - 11 cm
Found - Bristol, UK

Who's the real general?

The Canadian Forces have recently been shook up by an identity crisis, between the peacekeepers and the warmongers.

It's all General Romeo Dallaire's fault...

He was the Canadian UN commander in Rwanda, when, during the genocide there, he failed to act - for whatever reason - to protect ten UN Belgian peacekeepers from being murdered under his watch.

He wrote a weepy book, made a documentary to explain that, even though his guns weren't, his heart was in the right place, and became a darling of the cocktail circuit where a general who cares, and weeps, is considered chic. He even won a Canadian literary award, it is said, as a consolation prize, for having a good heart; the boo k, after all, certainly was no literary tour de force.

The Belgians - and many others around the world - would have none of it. They considered him incompetent, or a coward, or all of the above. Definitely not a good general.

Certain members of the Canadian officer corps felt their reputation was tarnished, in the eyes of American officers - to them the only standard that counts - by a general who wouldn't fight...

Spouted a clearly enraged Canadian Chief of the Defence Staff to journalists, "Our job is to be able to kill people," referring specifically to those "scumbags" in Afghanistan.

Clearly, no fan of the weepy general.

The Defence Chief is much happier, of late, having been given billions of dollars in tanks, guns, and bombs, and war materiel, to pound the "scumbags" in Afghanistan back to the dust we all will be one day. He's just speeding up the process for them.

He is clearly so successful that, repeatedly and of late, more often, the President of Afghanistan has bade him show more restraint because too many innocent Afghan women and children are being killed no thanks to his enthusiastic shooting, and bombing.

We're sure the good general will not be deterred by such weepy sentiment. We're sure he'll continue to stick to his policy of shooting first, then asking if they were Taliban later...

Ah, a real general at last, from Canada...

The Americans must be so proud..

Indeed they are. Below a recent encomium from an American fan:

"Until today, I hadn't yet heard about Canada's Chief of the Defence Staff, General Rick Hillier. O Canada! This guy is the real deal—a blunt, unapologetic, rootin-tootin' Islamothug shootin'soldier. Apparently the general's unvarnished views on war, freedom, and the mujahideen, along with his forthright manner in sharing them, have upset some in Canadian leftocrat quarters. Good."

It's a good job reference the general can use when he retires, to pick up directorships from US defence contractors for whom he's made a bundle by wringing billions of dollars out of the taxpayers of Canada to arm his soldiers for his war against the Muslims.

When Michael left the Carr Centre for Human Rights Policy, he was replaced by Sarah Sewall, as Director, so it was she who got to write the introductory foreword for the book for which the Carr Centre had been the spiritual and intellectual fountain of inspiration.... (As co-writer Col. John Nagle told John Stewart..)

I'll bet you anything Sarah has already sent Michael an autographed copy, if he hasn't already asked for one. Tee hee...

Michael has already got the cover made for the Canadian edition left of which we've been sneaked an unauthorized preview ROLLOVER... We think Michael's on to something... It may be weed...

But there seems to be a problem. Sarah said the "Be polite" came from the Carr Centre's concern that Human Rights be followed, as much as possible, when torturing prisoners; the "Be Professional" came from the Army, and the "Be Prepared to Kill" represented the ideals of the Marine Corps.

Word is Michael thinks the motto is too long. Apparantly, our sources tell us, he's already in discussions with General Hillier who's firmly told him to "Get rid of that polite crap... Yeah, and make that blood stain bigger..."

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Great Canadian Heritage Discoveries
More important Canadian antique memorabilia the Museum has recently preserved.

Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

Sheet Music, Roberts Marching Through Pretoria - 1900
Orig. sheet music - Size - 26 x 35 cm, copyright 1900
Found - Cumbria, UK
An amazingly thick bound folio of several pieces of period sheet music bound together with Roberts in pride of place on top...


Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

Sheet Music, March to Pretoria - 1900
Orig. sheet music - Size - 26 x 35 cm, copyright 1900
Found - Jordan, ON

Sadly, an example of what often happens to Great Canadian heritage sheet music: the paper has browned considerably as much was printed on poor quality, heavily acidic paper; the edges are breaking off; the paper is cracking, and only four sheets remain as the spine has split entirely. Still a testament to a public figure that once roused Canadians to praise his name around the pianos of the nation.



Victorian/Edwardian Sheet Music 1880-1910 - Sheets 4

1 2 3 4 5 6


Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

Sheet Music, For Freedom and the Flag, 1900
Orig. sheet music - Size - 26 x 35 cm, copyright 1900
Found - Rushden, UK






















Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

Sheet Music, Pretoria March, 1900
Orig. sheet music - Size - 26 x 35 cm, copyright 1900
Found - Lynwood, WA





















Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

Sheet Music, March to Pretoria, 1900
Orig. sheet music - Size - 26 x 35 cm, copyright 1900
Found - Detroit, MI















Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

Sheet Music, Our Favourite Bobs March, 1900
Orig. sheet music - Size - 26 x 35 cm, copyright 1900
Found - Liverpool, UK
























Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

Sheet Music, Our Favourite Bobs March, 1900
Orig. sheet music - Size - 26 x 35 cm, copyright 1900
Found - Vancouver, BC
Two variations of the same sheet music, both featuring the Duke of Wellington and Lord Roberts, Victorian Britain's top two soldiers. Both lie in the crypt in St. Paul's Cathedral in London, UK. (Wellington's tomb below.)

There, as well, sits the funeral car - a massive and heavy wheeled wagon, made from canons he captured in battle - in which Wellington's body was brought to St. Paul's.

Nearby lie the tombs of Lord Roberts and Lord Nelson, Britain's most famous naval hero..

Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

Orig. sheet music - Size - 26 x 35 cm, copyright 1914
Orig. sheet music - copyright 1900
Found - Cumbria, UK




















Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

Sheet Music, For King and Country, 1900
Orig. sheet music - Size - 26 x 35 cm, copyright 1900
Found - Vancouver, BC

Since the 1950s this synopsis was not true of the Life of a Canadian soldier. For 50 years the Canadian Army neither had Enemies, nor sought to make them. When they went on Foreign Service it was not to go into Enemy Country, but to serve as Honoured Peacekeepers on behalf of the United Nations, for which Canada had an unsurpassed reputation among the nations of the world, whether Muslim or Christian, White, Brown, or Black. Generations of Canadian men and women enlisted because they knew that Government policy made them secure from being involved in the shooting wars so beloved by the US.

Another way Canadians are different from Americans...

In fact Canadians who liked "killing" - the job description as famously defined by the current Canadian Chief of the Defence Staff - traditionally did not sign up with the Canadian Forces at all, but moved south of the border - where the Chief himself had received his training - to join the US Army or Marine Corps, where they were sure that Uncle Sam was always willing to find enough work in bloodletting to suit their personal needs.

Members who joined the Canadian Forces signed up primarily - like the servicemen and women of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, etc.) to get trade skills (medical, engineering, mechanical, communications, etc.) or training (for high seas sovereignty policing, as search and rescue specialists, or as overseas UN peacekeeping policemen). None of the job descriptions, for 50 years, involved carrying violence to other peoples or nations, or giving others a reason to shoot at you, or to launch bombing attacks in downtown Toronto, or Ottawa.

Canadians watched with dismay as this traditional Canadian foreign policy standard was changed dramatically, recently, as special interest groups, with foreign agendas, hi-jacked Canadian Government policy, and re-routed the Canadian Forces, on a "made in America" agenda.

And abandoned was Canada's reputation of 50 years as a decent, even-handed, peace-loving country, now completely discredited in the eyes of the vast majority of the members of the United Nations. OK, no worse than the USA...

Today, instead of keeping the peace overseas, Canadians are considered, by most of the world, as prime exporters of violence against Muslim peoples. Who can deny the billions of dollars of war toys Canada has purchased for deployment in Afghanistan? Even President Karzai has bemoaned the many innocent Afghans killed by the ham-fisted militarism. The resistance has claimed scores - fast approaching 100 - Canadian lives in the futile US led war in Afghanistan, which every high school student, out of the gate, knows could never, ever, be won on any level The make-up of the invading group - stupid white men - was a disaster of epic proportions, and absolutely foredoomed the exercise to failure from the beginning. (Not to mention, Afghanistan's perfect record at defeating every single invading force in history.)

Canada's participation, in a shooting war carried out by a group of entirely white Christian Europeans, in a non-white Muslim country, without the support of even a single Muslim country with boots on the ground, guarantees, that, in retaliation, the Canadian homeland itself - as long as Canadians persist in playing Bush-lite - will inevitably become a target for revenge attacks by people whose own homes and country is being reduced to rubble, and whose citizens killed, by Canada's growing might of deployed tanks, guns, and artillery. Again, elementary school math, to all except Bush-lights...

It is a sad truism that Canada's former honoured reputation, among the vast concourse of humanity around the globe, as neutral and honourable peacekeepers - instead of warmongers - will never be regained within the lifetime of anyone living today.

The special interests have reduced the Canadian Forces to being mere gunmen sidekicks of American Rambo policies around the world that are responsible for the deaths of a growing number of young Canadian men and woman, not one of whom, before 2001, ever signed up to join a shooting war to kill Muslims in Afghanistan. Sadly, these days, a growing number of them now do, encouraged by a big advertising campaign to recruit young people interested in "Fighting," the theme of the PR campaign.

As one new - and disappointed - Canadian deployee to Afghanistan was quoted recently, after an uneventful patrol where they couldn't shoot at anyone, "Damn, that's not why we came here."

"Be polite; be professional; be prepared to kill!.

He could have been quoting Lt. Col. John A Nagle, who was panhandling his new book, "The United States Army-Marine Counterinsurgency Field Manual," on John Stewart's comedy show. With gusto the Colonel eagerly volunteered John a perfect bravura summary for the book:

"Be polite; be professional; be prepared to kill!"

No wonder the book is becoming a best seller in the US. It's a variation, and an affirmation, of Clint Eastwood's quintessentially American "Make my day" warning to anyone who looks at you the wrong way. It's the perfect motto for every school yard bully, would-be street thug, mall shake-down artist, or disgruntled postal employee across the USA.

Another way Canadians are different from Americans...

The "how-to" handbook was produced in collaboration with - wait for it - eminent professors at Harvard University's Carr Centre for Human Rights Policy, whose wordsmiths, if we can believe the Colonel, were instrumental in conjuring up the book's motto:"Be polite; be professional; be prepared to kill!.

It's what passes for human rights in the US, even among the most schooled sorts in one of the US' top educational institutions. People forget, that in recent memory mass killings of Indians and lynchings of Blacks were common place in the US, even - especially - among society leaders.

Another way Canadians are different from Americans...

Not so fast...

The longtime Director of Harvard's Carr Centre for Human Rights Policy - the leader of this elite group of US intellectuals, for years, was - wait for it - sometime Canadian Michael Ignatieff.

His colleagues collaborated on the book - it was published after Michael left - so we do not know if Michael himself came up with the motto "Be polite; be professional; be prepared to kill!" It sure sounds like him... It is very well known that Michael is an upper class dandy who liked wars, especially the ones in Iraq and Afghanistan, and on occasion expressed a decided preference for torture as well.

He may even have provided the chapter on how to do it with grace. That would be the "Human Rights" part of it...

Another way Canadians are different from Americans...

Michael Ignatieff left the Carr Centre for Human Rights Policy in 2006 because he wanted to become Prime Minister of Canada, and implement his ideas of Human Rights in Canada as they are being practiced south of the border.

It is not known if Michael is working on a Canadian Army Counterinsurgency Handbook or will advocate using the US version up here.

It is also not known if he will autograph copies of the runaway US bestseller, if you bring them for signing... He is known to be decidedly modest, these days, for taking the credit that is due...

If Ignatieff ever becomes Prime Minister we already know, ahead of time, what his motto for the Canadian Forces of his dreams will be: "Be polite; be professional; be prepared to kill!"

How low the Canadian Forces have sunk since 1968, when we were entertained on a base in Cyprus, by a blue-bereted Canadian Forces officer. So proud to see a Canadian doing God's work for the United Nations of Man. He was polite, professional, proud - and not a Canadian flag or gun in sight as he invited us for dinner and next day convoyed us across the island split into warring Greek and Turkish factions.

Today the Canadian Forces have become one of the factions...

The Cyprus Canadian Peacekeeper personified the exemplary motto of the Canadian Forces in the past half century: Polite; professional; proud; patient; persistent, and peaceful.

Mostly, now, part of the lost heritage of the modern Canadian Forces, proudly following the lead of their military masters, as they, à la Bush, Clint Eastwood, and John Wayne, reach for the gun as Canada's primary tool of diplomacy with non-white, non-Christian nations...

All we are left with is professional - professional what...? But I think General Hillier already answered that question, definitively, several years ago...





































Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

Siege of Ladysmith, 1900
Orig. sheet music - Size - 26 x 35 cm, copyright 1900
Found - Manchester, UK
Lord Roberts was also featured at the top of sheet music celebrating other heroes of the Boer War.













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