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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Canada is at war...and it's not the kind of war we're used to

On Monday, October 20th, 2 members of the Canadian Military were run down in a parking lot by Martin Rouleau.  Rouleau had converted to Islam about 2 years ago, and according to reports, was upset at the former Quebec government's plan to ban the wearing of religious symbols or clothing by public employees.  Rouleau was later shot dead by police after crashing his car and brandishing a knife at officers.  Unfortunately, one of the soldiers, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, 53 years old, died in a hospital later that day.


On Wednesday, October 22nd, a lone gunman, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau approached Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was standing guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier and shot him dead at point blank range.  After this incredibly brazen attack, he then went to Parliamen, where he shot an injured a member of the security force there, only feet from where our political parties were in caucus meeting.  After an exchange of gunfire, Zehaf-Bibeau is shot dead by Sergeant in Arms, Kevin Vickers.

So what is going on you ask?  Well, the answer is simple.  On September 22nd, ISIS issued a video along with a translated statement which read, in part, as follows:

“If you can kill a disbelieving American or European – especially the spiteful and filthy French – or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way however it may be,"

At the time, many scoffed at the idea that this could, or should, be taken seriously.  Surely, the militants were isolated to the middle east, and had no real way to bring this war to Canadian soil!  Well, my friends, they couldn't have been more wrong, and we now see just how real this war cry is.

True, the first casualties of what is being labelled as "terrorism" were members our armed forces and political leaders, but let's not forget that everyday citizens are on the "hit list" as well.  This is indeed a war that has been waged on all Canadians, not just on military or political targets.

In this day and age, the face of war has changed.  No longer do we have specific countries to target by destroying military bases, ammunition factories and warehouses, or government operation centers.  The idea of going to war with a country is a thing of the past.  This enemy has no country, no place it calls home to become a target.  In fact, as we plainly see, their soldiers are living among us already.

Home grown radicalized gunmen have become the new artillery, hijacked planes have become the new bombs, and I suspect that we are seeing only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the new weapons of war.

My heart goes out to the two members of our armed forces that have lost their lives, and my best wishes go to those that were injured in these attacks.  Prime Minister Harper's words echoed throughout the country yesterday...

"Canadians will not be intimidated. We will be vigilant, but we will not run scared. We will be prudent but we will not panic."

Don't fool yourselves, Canada is at war...and it's not the kind of war we're used to.

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