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.
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.
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.
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
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.