AWFUL: Smithsonian Mag Says “Today We Celebrate The Time Canada Burned Down The White House”

What is wrong with the folks at Smithsonian Mag? They have actually published an article about the burning of the White House with a sort of celebratory headline.

Take a look at this:

Today We Celebrate the Time Canada Burned Down the White House

Two hundred years ago today, a 36-year old America declared war, for the second time, against Great Britain. The plan was to conquer Canada and wrest North America for the United States once and for all. But, by pretty much all measures, the war was a total mess…

It began in confusion, with the United States declaring hostilities unaware that one of its major war aims was already addressed. And it ended that way, too, with a last, pointless battle fought weeks after a peace treaty was signed. Civilians on both sides suffered, there were horrible massacres, and even more bungling by generals than is customary in warfare.

reads The Star’s The War of 1812 shaped Canada forever.

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The British and American armies, supplemented by militia and First Nations warriors, pushed back and forth for nearly three years, temporarily trading territory along the Niagara river, and hitting each other at their cores.

York, now Toronto, was captured and looted. And Newark, now Niagara-on-the-Lake, was burned. British forces attacked Washington and torched the White House.

This may be part of history, but that doesn’t mean we have to “celebrate” it.


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