I was thinking for most of the morning about what to post today; most everything seemed trivial. Anyone who has seen the news knows about the hit-and-run killing of a Canadian soldier and wounding of another in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu , Quebec on Monday. Yesterday there another violent attack this time in the National Capital, Ottawa. This senseless act led to the death of another Canadian soldier standing sentry at the National War Memorial. This time the gunman managed to get into the Parliament buildings before being taken down.
We’ve watched and listened with interest from Panama to the news reports. This morning our normal CNN International was replaced with the US version and we were able to see CNN Morning Host, Chris Cuomo on the scene for a short time. I have to confess, I missed the deliberate calmness yesterday of Peter Mansbridge the unflappable CBC News Anchor but Cuomo and Anderson Cooper last night were the closest we were going to get. SU actually flipped over to FOX No-News-But-Obama-Bashing thinking that we were going to get some information….phhhhffff!
The sad truth is that Canada lost a little of its innocence this week. As the Prime Minister put it in his speech last night (Canada) “is no longer immune to the kinds of terrorist attacks that we have seen around the world”. This sparked a discussion between SU and I about whether people who aren’t a part of the military understand “the job”. Many people consider that being a soldier is just another “career” among many other careers to choose from. Yes, it is, but it is also so much more for many of the people who serve their country; it’s a way of life.
The video today explains better than I ever could what it’s like to return from combat, even though the speaker is a US soldier. The first half Wes Moore explains why he joined the military. Pay particular attention to the second half where he explains what “service” means to him and to many others. I’m sure the soldier/victim in St Jean, who served 28 years in the military never thought that his life would come to and end so violently on home soil. Or that the young reservist who was killed yesterday thought that by accepting the honor of standing watch over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier would lead to his death. And now I’ll get off my soapbox and let you watch the video…Read more: http://giftsinopenhands.wordpress.com/2014/10/23/for-canada/ http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/10/23/robyn-urback-for-cpl-nathan-cirillo-and-wo-patrice-vincent-wear-your-poppies-early/ http://locagringa.wordpress.com/2014/10/23/arm-the-world-with-books-not-guns/ http://metronews.ca/news/canada/1192088/calgary-muslim-cleric-urges-other-imams-to-vet-new-converts/ http://globalnews.ca/news/1631331/cartoon-resonates-with-canadians-in-the-wake-of-ottawa-shooting/ http://globalnews.ca/news/1630945/nathan-cirillo-soldier-and-dog-rescuer/ http://thoughtcatalog.com/?p=402139 http://edition.cnn.com/2014/10/23/world/ottawa-shooting-roundup/index.html?iref=storysearch http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/world/2014/10/22/lead-sot-foreman-ottawa-shootings-parliament.cnn.html