Jets logo incites anti-war zealots

KEVIN ENGSTROM, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:30 PM ET

Not everybody is in love with the Winnipeg Jets' new logo.

Sure, popular opinion appears to be onside with the new design, inspired by the Royal Canadian Air Force emblem. But it's far from unanimous.

Some say the logo's colours aren't right. Others aren't content with its circular shape. And more than a handful of stick-in-the-muds can't understand why the franchise didn't just adopt the logo used by the team that used to play here 15 years ago.

Although I disagree with these folks, these are all acceptable reasons to dislike the new logo.

But what isn't an acceptable reason is the suggestion it is somehow offensive for the Jets to show support for Canada's air force.

'pathetic pandering'

Tyler Shipley is one such fool. The ex-Winnipegger penned a column the other day on rabble.ca where he condemned Jets ownership for allowing their team to be a "cheap marketing ploy for the new Canadian militarism."

"Mark Chipman's desperate, pathetic pandering to a military that kills innocent people in my name will not sully (my childhood) memories," wrote Shipley, who now lives in Toronto. "These are not my Winnipeg Jets."

It should be no surprise Shipley, a union activist, isn't a fan of Stephen Harper. In his piece, he accused the Tories of cutting funding for schools and hospitals to build bombs and fighter jets.

It'd be a heck of an argument if it were true, of course, but it's not. Shipley made it all up. In fact, Harper has continuously boosted health-care spending since taking power, while education spending is a provincial responsibility, not federal.

But the much bigger sin Shipley commits in his diatribe is the utter contempt he shows for Canada's armed forces.

He makes it quite clear that in his world, the men and women who fight for our nation shouldn't be revered, much less respected. No, by pretty much accusing our military of murdering civilians, he believes they should be treated as the enemy.

Sadly, Shipley might be the most verbose of the bunch, but he isn't alone.

A local bozo mashed up video of Jets highlights from the past with bombs being dropped from planes and photos of people injured to show his contempt for the hockey team -- and the air force. And more than a few letter-writers and online commenters have complained in recent days about Chipman's desire to honour the men and women who work at Winnipeg's 17 Wing base -- like it's somehow inappropriate to want to honour a group of people who sacrifice so much for our country.

These anti-war zealots see no distinction between being pro-war and pro-military when, in reality, the two can be mutually exclusive.

It is quite easy to respect the work done by the people who serve in the military and air force -- even if you don't personally agree with the war or skirmish our government has them fight.

In truth, Chipman wasn't advocating for or against the Harper government, war, or the militarization of Canada by linking his team's logo with the RCAF, as Shipley suggests. Rather, he merely showed an appreciation for those who served and the importance of the air force in Winnipeg's history.

It's too bad Shipley and friends can't follow his lead.


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