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Poppies, by A. J. Casson (1919-1920) 
A. J. Casson (Group of Seven):  (May 17, 1898 – February 20, 1992)
Photo credit: The National Gallery of Canada

The Veterans

It is November 11th.  Many of us lost dear ones to a battle fought during WW I and WW II.  My grandfather lost his brother.  One of my uncles “survived” D-Day, but he was sick for years.  The Canadian government provided him with the little house he still lives in.  I believe that for him, that house is like a security blanket.  He does not know how he survived.  I may have told you that I visited all the D-Day beaches with another survivor.  We also have dear ones who died in Vietnam, in the Middle-East and elsewhere.

Somehow WW II is the one war I find particularly atrocious.  Hitler is responsible for the death of 6 million Jews.  But Hitler was also a dictator who harmed the people of Germany using the war reparations imposed on Germany under the terms of the Treaty of Versailles (28 June 1919).  Fortunately, this mistake was carefully avoided after WW II.

I am pleased to see that President Obama is looking after the veterans of wars fought in the wake of 9/11, as if these brutal attacks had not made enough victims.  I am also pleased that President Obama was re-elected.  He did not have the funds Mr Romney could use, but he went to the people and there were last-minute endorsements from influential sources.


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The News

The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/
The Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/
Le Monde diplomatique: http://mondediplo.com/ EN
CNN News: http://www.cnn.com/
The Globe and Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/
The Montreal Gazette: http://www.montrealgazette.com/index.html 
CBC News: http://www.cbc.ca/news/
CTV News: http://www.ctvnews.ca/
Le Monde: http://www.lemonde.fr/
Le Monde diplomatique: http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/
Le Devoir: http://www.ledevoir.com/
La Presse: http://www.lapresse.ca/
Die Welt: http://www.welt.de/
composer: Henry Purcell (10 September 1659 – 21 November 1695)
piece: Chaconne in G minor from Fantasies and In Nomines (1680) (Z 730)
performers:  Il Giardino Armonico
Alessandro Tampieri,
Enrico Onofri,
Giovanni Antonini,
Marco Bianchi,
Riccardo Doni.
Micheline Walker©
November 11th, 2012