…and I can’t add much to what I wrote two years ago, except that the death toll of Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan is higher now, I haven’t got my Christmas shopping started this year yet, and I still don’t see any easy answers to the problem of war. I watched the movie Passchendaele the other night. It was odd, because if you read what Paul Gross, the filmmaker (and star) says about the movie on the official site, he made the movie to make Canadians more aware of the heroism and courage of Canadian soldiers in World War One. But to me, the film’s main effect was to underscore the horror and futility of war. Yes, men were brave to go through this horror — but for what? And brave men and women are doing the same today — but could we, as a country, as a human race, not imagine a better cause for all that bravery and courage? A better way to be heroes than to kill and die so the next generation can do it all again?