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From the Ottawa Sun in Canada:
Sun, January 20, 2008
‘War is always lose, lose’
Canada‘s 1st female infantry soldier says ‘bring the soldiers home’
By EARL MCRAE
On this day 19 years ago she made history: Her first day as Pte. Heather Erxleben, 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, the first woman to ever graduate from infantry school in the Canadian Armed Forces, and now she’s on the phone from her home in Prince George B.C., the only time, she says, having publicly expressed her certain-to-be-controversial views.
“We should get out of Afghanistan immediately. Pull out, bring the soldiers home. How do we do it? Get rid of our prime minister, I guess. War is ridiculous. I’m very much against it. The only ones who suffer in war are the innocent people, not the politicians who run it. Why are we there anyway? Is it not because we’re just following the policy of the United States in this?
“When I graduated from battle school at (Canadian Forces Base) Wainwright, Alberta, our military role was peace-keeping. We were in Cyprus, peace-keeping. That should still be our role. War is always lose, lose.”
Negotiations are win, win.
“Remember the standoff between the Canadian soldiers and the natives at Oka? I’m glad they didn’t try to send me, because I wouldn’t have gone. I would never have allowed myself to be put in a situation where I might have to shoot or kill a fellow Canadian. I will not fight fellow Canadians.”
Her critics will say that Canadian soldiers are not only serving in combat in Afghanistan that seeks democratic freedom, but significantly helping to rebuild infrastructures and facilities destroyed by the Taliban–roads, bridges, sewers, power stations, schools, hospitals — and that women, long and brutally oppressed, are on track to experiencing equal rights with men.
“I’m 100% in favour of equal rights for everyone, but what degree of freedom do the women over there really have, even now? I’m hearing in some reports it’s not that much better.”
If, as a combat soldier, she was sent to Afghanistan, would she go?
“I suppose I’d have to, but I wouldn’t want to.”
Heather Erxleben will never have to go. She’s now Heather Erxleben, 41, civilian, acute-care nurse at Prince George Regional Hospital. She has a husband and a six-year-old daughter.
War Made Easy How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death: here.