Sunday, 4 January 2009

Book Review: A Mother's Road to Kandahar

I heard of a terrific book. A Mother's Road to Kandahar.
Once I sell a few books of my own, I intend to invest in it.A Mother's Road to Kandahar

It is about the difference between supporting the soldiers, and their families, and deploring the war on terror.
Support the troops but not the mission.

In a July 16, 2007 article in The Toronto Star bemoans the losses that families face.

Our beautiful men and women suffer horribly from PTSD. There is much denial. The young men and women who serve believe that they are doing good things, and they are, but there seems to me not to be much hope of enacting real change. It is so sad. I read Christie Blatchford's book, Fifteen Days, and it broke my heart. The soldiers truly believe in their work and the cause for which they fight - but they will not change the conditions, the history, the ongoing civil war that threatens these people without much loss of not only life and limb but mental health.

I have great doubts about this mission. I only hope that the powers-that-be are making the right decisions. I fear not. I fear for the well-being of our soldier's and their families.


Anonymous said...

As a mother, it's a daily struggle. My son is a Canadian Infantry soldier. We found out over Christmas when he was at home with us that he will begin his pre-deployment training this spring/summer. When he goes to Afghanistan he will be on the front lines, fighting "out of the wire" as the military calls it. These books are heart wrenching to read but they help me to have discussions with my son, hear different opinions and learn a lot of army lingo. We are so proud of our son, the training is brutal. We support him but have doubts regarding the Canadian Mission in Afghanistan. He has matured and learned so much but that still will not prepare him for what's ahead. Nor I for that matter.These books let other Canadians know the stress and sacrifice our soldiers and thier families are experiencing.

Jenn Jilks said...

My heart goes out to you. Thank you for speaking out. You should be proud of him. I am sure he is proud of you, too, for YOUR bravery. Hold your head up high.