Steyn On Remembrance Day

"This morning, Wednesday, I started the day with Toronto's Number One morning man John Oakley, live on AM640. John began with an appalling soundbite from Councillor Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, speaking at the city's Remembrance Day observances and flubbing the names and ranks of Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, the two Canadian soldiers murdered by Muslim fanatics last month. Afterwards, she compounded her carelessness by sloughing it off with "Sh*t happens."

Right. In Flanders fields, sh*t happens. At the Cenotaph in Toronto, this particular sh*t didn't need to happen, and it happened only because Councillor Ramkhalawansingh, on a day to remember our soldiers, couldn't be bothered to remember.

This stuff shouldn't be difficult, unless you're a thoughtless twerp winging it..."

Her response:

“It is not a big deal,” she insisted.

Asked what she would say to people who may be offended by the omission, Ramkhalawansingh said she doesn’t know “anybody that would be upset by that.

“When you get asked to stand in at the last minute — trying to prepare with remarks because I had to rewrite some of it — s--- happens,” she said.

Ah, the quality of contemporary leadership is stellar on this continent ain't it?


In the same article an interesting observation by someone:
"Does it not strike anyone else as strange that there is an armed police-person GUARDING armed soldiers?
No doubt the Gurkhas are carrying rifles, but equally without doubt, those rifles are not fitted with magazines containing LIVE ammo.
That was also true at the Cenotaph in Ottawa. The barbarian who shot Corporal Cirillo had a loaded gun. The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders did not, as is customary on ceremonial duty. Now the Ottawa Police dispatches officers from its SWAT team to guard the soldiers. Bruce continues:
Thus we have the ludicrous, but all-to-common, situation of DISARMED armed forces and a sprinkling of heavily-armed "law" officers to "protect" them.
It has been apparent for quite some time now that, at least in what remains of the "Western World", the cops have become militarised and the military have been reduce to lightly armed (no ammo, please) social workers sent to distribute aid in crappy places around the globe. This latter practice seems intended to remove the "aggressive" tendencies of those nasty soldiers. It is also definitely intended to sow tactical confusion in said soldiers: Nobody can be an effective COMBAT soldier if they have to switch "modes" in a life-or death situation on the two-way rifle range. That moment's "confusion" WILL be deadly, but not to the enemy.

What part of you have no right to self-defense in Canada doesn't he get?

1 comment:

  1. When I was in the US Navy, I learned that small arms and their ammo were always locked up and larger arms (cannon and rockets, say) were kept unloaded or not "hot" until needed. It was one of the many contradictions I noticed in my tour of duty. I learned why in my third year of that tour when an officer accidently discharged a .45 caliber handgun while we were loading ammo at a supply pier. A loaded weapon in that sentry's hands would not likely have prevented his murder but, indeed, the situation seems ludicrous.


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