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Attack on CF Troops in Canada: What Canada Is, and What It Isn’t

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Here, I worried about the worst in Canadians coming out following the attacks that killed two Canadian Forces members.

This is NOT what Canada and Canadians are ….

THIS is what Canada is and Canadians are …

These are neighbours & non-members of the mosque helping clean up.

Those guys in uniform?  Reportedly the base commander and base Sergeant Major from CFB Cold Lake dropping by to show support.

Well done everyone!


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25 October 14 at 13:08 News Highlights – October 24, 2014

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Attacks on CF in Canada


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Other News Highlights – October 23, 2014

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Ottawa Attack

Saint-Jean Attack

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Canada, Let’s Do It Right

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I’m not one to editorialize much.  Still, I’m still coming to terms with the past couple of days, and felt a need to write something down.

“Shock” is a bit too strong a word, as is “overwhelmed”, but I do feel like I’m recovering from a serious psychic blow.

I’m saddened by the deaths of two Canadian soldiers in the past week.  I can only thank the families for the service and sacrifice of their loved ones, share my condolences and prayers, and hope the families can eventually heal (although they say you never really fully “heal” from such a loss, you just manage to cope better with it).

I wonder what was going through the minds of the perpetrators – what would make them hate so, so fiercely that they’d want to kill with no regard for their own lives and safety.  In one of the cases that we know of, family and others tried getting help, but to no avail.  I agree with someone wiser than me on this one:  without minimizing the horror of the most recent acts, it appears we may be dealing with people with various mental demons or pressures, locking onto the narrowest, harshest ideologies of people peddling their brand of Islam as a solution or escape.  Those selling the extremist, West-hating brand of Islam bear their share of responsibility, but if there’s no help for the demons driving some to these jihad peddlars, the door remains open.

Part of me is thinking “good riddance to bad rubbish”, but at the same time, part of me is also thinking (naively?) “there’s GOT to be a better way to keep people from killing other people.”

Canada will never be the same again.  No more easy access to the halls of power in Ottawa.  No more wide-open doors and gates at military bases.  One hopes no more (essentially) unarmed guards at the War Memorial.

Beyond that, brace yourself for calls for even harsher measures.

While I’m generally a “give folks a chance” kind of guy, a part of me is now saying, “if people are being watched because they went or wanted to go fight with Canada’s enemies, lock ‘em up until we can figure out a way to make everyone safe.”  Yes, I know all about the need for the rule of law, the presumption of innocence, the thin edge of the wedge and all that.  In spite of that, though, I’m becoming more comfortable with the idea of detaining less than 100 people in Canada who may be a risk to other Canadians based on security-agency-tracked behaviours.  I’ll never be 100% comfortable with “preventitive detention”, but as I type this, it sounds better to me than it might have a week ago.  Not in a forever-Guantanamo-like limbo, like some are suggesting, but long enough to figure out what to do.  Some point to internment camps as not being the answer, and that’s true, given the “lock ‘em ALL up based on nationality” approach.  You can also look at England’s experience during The Troubles, though, where temporary, short-term preventative detention schemes worked in a liberal democracy fighting terrorist attacks.

Another worry I have:  the atmosphere of panic leading to poor policy decisions.  Politicians, regardless of their party affiliation, are known for doing something to respond to a problem without solving the problem in question.  I have no ideas on the larger issues of managing internal security threats in a very different world from that of the World Wars and even the Cold War.  I leave that to (hopefully) greater minds than mine, with the hope that they get it right without “taking counsel in our fears.”

Finally, I truly hope that we don’t paint all Muslims with too broad a brush just because of the visibility and influence of the few, but far-reaching, jihad peddlars out there selling, to the best of my understanding, their diseased interpretations to the vulnerable.  At times like these, it’s not unheard of for some to think the diseased faction speaks for all, and treat the non-diseased members as if they’re at fault.  I like to think we’re bigger than that.

As I said before, Canada will never be the same again.  Let’s keep Canada safe, but let’s do it right.

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23 October 14 at 12:01

Ottawa Attack: What the Leaders Said

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This, in part, from the PM:

“…. our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Corporal Nathan Cirillo of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada.

Corporal Cirillo was killed today – murdered in cold blood – as he provided a ceremonial Honour Guard at Canada’s National War Memorial.

That sacred place that pays tribute to those who gave their lives so that we can live in a free, democratic and safe society.

Likewise, our thoughts and prayers remain also with the family and friends of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who was killed earlier this week by an ISIL-inspired terrorist.

Tonight we also pray for the speedy recovery of the others injured in these despicable attacks ….”

This, from the Leader of the Opposition, Tom Mulcair:

“NDP Leader Tom Mulcair’s Principal Secretary, Karl Bélanger, made the following statement: 

“This morning’s horrifying attack has shocked all Canadians and shattered the peace of our nation’s capital. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the soldier killed and the people who were injured, and we are deeply grateful for the soldiers and law enforcement officials who quickly and courageously protected the public today.

As we seek to comprehend the enormity of this event, Canada stands united in grief and in resolute determination that we will not give in to fear.  May we give strength to each other at this difficult time.

The leader of the Official Opposition has spoken to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and will be issuing a statement later.” “

And this, in part, from Liberal leader Justin Trudeau:

“…. This attack is unforgivable. Should any other perpetrators or co-conspirators exist, they must be caught and be punished to the full force of our laws. I’ve extended an offer of full support to the government, along with any assistance members of our Party can provide at this time.
My thoughts and prayers, along with those of my colleagues, go out to the family and friends of the victims of today’s horrific shooting, including Corporal Nathan Frank Cirillo, who was standing dutifully, guarding one of our nation’s most sacred monuments.
Words cannot express the deep sadness we feel today over his loss.
To the brave women and men who rushed to the scene to confront the shooter, and help keep us safe, I can say only thank you. Thank you for your selfless courage and your professionalism in a time of crisis.
In the days that follow, there will be questions, anger, and perhaps confusion. This is natural, but we cannot let it get the better of us. Losing ourselves to fear and speculation is the intention of those who commit these heinous acts.
They mean to shake us. We will remain resolved ….”

More of the latest news here.





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23 October 14 at 7:20

Ottawa Attack: A bit more of what we know

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22 October 14 at 19:19


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