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Next Level Terror

Violent extremists have proven they are happy to shoot and blow up property and people but this violence is on par with street gangs, biker gangs and all sorts of common criminal behaviour (what does that say about our society?).  The extremists then amped up the shock by flying passenger planes into office towers, running down soldiers in parking lots and murdering them where they stood guard over a nation’s history of sacrifice.  However, competing with mass public beheadings and burning enemies alive, what can bring us to be shocked?  We even don’t really have much public concern that there is a trend in the nation’s youth to abandon the life they have been nurtured on for the violent extremism of tyranny. The Holy Grail of terror is a Weapon of Mass Destruction or WMD.  Ideally it would be some kind of nuclear device, either a proper device bought, stolen…

Trouble on the Hill?

It seems all great institutions throughout history had a knack for self destruction rather than defeat by outside forces.  He political landscape of Canada these days as a semblance of the early rising smoke from a incipient burning Rome. In the past weeks key ministers in our Conservative government have opted to give up office, party and even political life for other pursuits.  All of this during an election year and while the global markets and conflicts are increasingly more volatile.  Canada has always had a predeliction towards dramatizing the mundane.  Now with the Prime Minister having a growing reputation for overcontrolling leadership style and people leaving, it begs the question are we losing the elected governance that is the point of democracy. Our politicians get wrapped about making every single event about a spin on how they can attack the opposing parties rather than just applying good governance as…

In Harms Way – Why the Surprise?

In the past weeks, there has been some media attention on the actions of Canada’s soldiers operating in Iraq against ISIS.  It became a convenient football to be tossed around the Parliament.  The backdrop to this was the notion that the Government told Canadians that soldiers were being sent on a training mission to teach Iraqi’s to fight but ended up getting in battles themselves.  For the most part, it seemed like it never really became a hot button issue.  The deployments of small numbers of Canadian military personnel rarely do until they come home in flag draped coffins. What seemed peculiar to me was the notion that people believed that soldiers could be sent to conflict with the expectation that they would not be in harm’s way.  Everyone in a conflict zone is in danger, warring sides and the civilians caught in the middle.  When we as a nation,…