So, Capt. Jonathan Snyder, a member of 1st Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry died when he fell down a well during a nighttime patrol west of Kandahar
The father of the young man was quoted in the Canadian Press as saying, “war is stupid.” He went on to say that sometimes maybe it’s necessary but thinks this war is stupid and asks Parliament, “Why are we there?”
This is interesting to me because I think it’s the first time I’ve heard a family member of a fallen soldier say anything like that. They usually say something like they’re sad, but know their son/daughter died for a noble cause and they’re proud of them.
If it was my child I imagine I would have to try to believe that, too. Which I think makes Mr. Synder rather brave for speaking out against a war that his son obviously felt was worth sacrificing his life for.
It’s also interesting that CBC didn’t quote any of this in their story of the incident.