CFN – Today was a dark day in Canadian history. A man (or men) killed one of our brave Canadian soldiers. The second this week. Why is this happening? Politics. There are people dying in wars all over the world. In particular the Middle East. Far more than we have lost today.
Canada once had a great tradition of being the World’s Peace Keepers. When people saw our troops they smiled and felt safer. Protected. We are not a major military power. We don’t develop the best weapons. We have a small military as we really don’t need one as we border the US and Russia to the North of us; either of which if they wanted to stomp us would really not have a lot of trouble.
Canadian troops though have a fine history for toughness, bravery, and getting the job done as we showed the world today.
In spite of the tragic loss of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo of Hamilton, and through the bravery of Sgt at Arms Kevin Vickers and the men who assisted him, what could have led to a massive loss of life turned out to be the one tragic loss.
In the aftermath the politicians will be making a lot of noise. Media have already called this Canada’s 9/11. It’s not.
There are monsters walking among us and always have been. Every so often they break their chains and cross the lines and show us exactly what monsters are.
Should we change our life? Our society? No, but maybe our politicians should not antagonize people around the world. Maybe our PM shouldn’t puff his chest out at the likes of Vladimir Putin and maybe Canada shouldn’t be racing to jump into wars and instead focus on what we really did well and that is be the brokers and keepers of peace instead of the brokers of war.
We’ve seen the disaster of what was the invasion of Iraq; a Mission that our PM at the time wanted nothing to do with. Years later we see broken Canadian soldiers committing suicide and suffering from PTSD without enough support because of Afghanistan.
It’s time for our leaders to realize that our soldiers are one of our most valuable commodities and they and their families are worth far more than oil and minerals. We call on them in our time of need as they showed the world today by limiting the loss of life and performing so admirably.
Today I’m more proud to be a Canadian than I have in an awfully long time.
If the blood of Nathan Cirillo means anything to any of us; especially as close as we are to November 11, 2014, it should send a message to our politicians; especially our current PM, that when he speaks his pre-written words into a microphone that those words are heard all over the world and that he has a responsibility that comes with the position.
Today’s blood is not just on the hand of the man that pulled the trigger. It’s also on the hands of the man that spoke the words that incited him and those that spread them.
May it never happen again. And may the sad loss of Cpl Cirillo not be in vain. We offer our condolences and wishes of honour to his family; his friends, his unit, and the city of Hamilton Ontario.
May they find some peace after the pain and suffering of their loss.
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