Canada was being bled white years before the US got involved in WWI. Per capita we lost more than the US, perhaps also in sheer numbers, not certain without googling, and the best of a generation that could never be replaced. And for a gross waste, that war meant nothing but unnecessary slaughter of the best of a generation, queen Victoria’s kids fighting against their own cousins while the business elites made mad cash. Achieved nothing but create WWII.
The Soviets won WWII, had the allies waited a couple of months longer to D day they would have met the Soviets in France. 200 Nazi battle standards dropped in Red square in June of 1945. As brave as the fighting men in western Europe were, they could barely manage with the beaten remnants of the Nazi force, were poorly equipped and inexperienced, particularly in terms of tanks and mobile armour.
As for who is protecting what, ample evidence that neither the US or Canada face any real danger from any quarter.
Ironic that the US set the gold standard of international relations after WWII, and hung many a German for violating it; engaging in acts of aggressive war. Essentially the golden rule of bickering kids in the back seat - keep your hands inside your own borders. No war would exist if that rule rightly set was respected.
So let’s make a list. 2 lists. Who last attacked the United States or Canada? Who have we attacked? That is a list of war crimes according to the standard of Nuremburg. One blatant one of late was reducing Libya into a withering hell, now a hotbed of Islamic terror and mass refugee exodus and exploitation. As Afghanistan was left at the end of the 80’s. As Kissinger said when asked who should win the Iran - Iraq war ( instigated by the US), he smugly said “neither”. Hitler’s men would have agreed. And smugly smiled. Some tens of millions dead.
You may also be unaware that Canada has been an active participant with heavy effect and cost in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya, some 13 billion wasted in further brutalizing Afghanistan, some hundreds of millions in taking Libya apart from the air,ongoing violence in Iraq.
The “defense” looks like wholesale criminality, sorry.
I would like to see a world where basic international law was respected. But there’s one country that will not recognize the legitimacy of the world court. Exceptionalism is the hallmark of despotism and criminality.