October 2, 2006
Two articles in the Ottawa citizen made me angry this morning. Tories pull plug on portrait gallery being one, and the other was about the Canadian War Museum not documenting World War II allied bombing raids in a totally positive light. A visiting veteran “may wonder if it’s a war museum, or an anti-war museum,” comments the biassed reporter. As if anyone would want to advocate a pro-war museum! Of course people hero-worship the veterans of those bombing runs. All well and good. They had heroic courage indeed and sacrificed themselves without flinching to what they believed was a great cause. However, that is no excuse for refusing to see the wrong that was done. What is the difference between the innocents who perished under the bombs dropped on London or Coventry and the civilians who burned to death in Köln, Berlin or Dresden? Sorry, but I don’t see it.
If Canada cannot boast a decent National Portrait Gallery in our capital city, like the excellent Australian National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, then we are bound to be seen as an inferior, second class nation. What a shame.