While many Canadian and non-Canadians alike view the country’s people as a gentle, pastoral folk who would rather listen to a Rush album instead of the Rush Limbaugh Show, the two recent Islamic Jihadist attacks aimed specifically three members of the Canadian Defence Forces illustrate that in order to have a free and open society, that same society has no choice but to realize that, as Richard Grenier noted: “people sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”
As reported by Canada’s The Globe and Mail on Oct. 23, 2014, David Bercuson, Director of International Programs at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy and also a senior fellow at the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute noted that first Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent last Monday, then Corporal Nathan Cirillo on Wednesday were both attacked and killed by seemingly unconnected self-proclaimed Islamic Jihadists who sought to kill the Servicemen for no other reason than “they wore the uniform of the Canadian military.” Bercuson also noted that as of Wednesday afternoon, Canadian troops were ordered to curtail the wearing of their uniforms when off base due to the ongoing threat of lone wolf jihadist attacks.
While more than a few political talking heads have been openly questioning the wisdom of Canada possibly joining the threadbare U.S.-led military coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), The Globe and Mail also reported on Oct. 21, 2014, that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government has deployed six CF-18 fighter/attack jets to the Canadian base of operations in Kuwait. Meanwhile, it’s also quietly reported that 70 special operators assigned to Canadian Special Operations Forces Command are already deployed somewhere in northern Iraq advising and assisting the Kurd fighters in fending off the ISIS terrorist invaders.
While many consider Canadians to be non-confrontational at all costs, the actuality of the martial lineage of those residing in the True North Strong and Free nation is actually quite different. While many are unaware that Canada was a key Western ally during World War One, World War Two, and the Korean War, many are also unaware that upwards of 100,000 Canucks have died in defense of freedom.
Regiments ranging from the Shino Boys to the Van Doos to the Patricias have more than proven that Canadian military prowess isn’t something of a bygone age or possessed only by an older generation. As the CanWest News Service published in 2006, this generation of Canadian warriors have show their mettle, such as during the Battle of Zharei/Panjwei battling the Taliban in Afghanistan.
As Maj. Nick Grimshaw, commander of Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry noted, “This was by far the biggest engagement since we got here. The intensity level was dialled up to 11 for a while,” said the Major whose command just spent about 15 hours fighting their way out of an ambush earlier and had fought a series running gun battles with the terrorist forces.
CanWest also noted Master Cpl. Ronald Duchesne of Jonquiere, Que., a former artilleryman now assigned to the Army’s Combat Camera unit, filming “vivid scenes of the battle, which was often fought at close quarters, Duchesne’s images showed 2 Platoon, Alpha Company, throwing hand grenades, firing assault weapons and launching M-72 rockets from behind a honeycomb of waist-high mud walls and then kicking in doors to discover Taliban fighters dead on the floor.” M/Cpl Duchesne said of the Patricias, “”I think these men deserve so much more recognition that they are getting. I was really impressed with how they handled heat, gunfire and stress without any sleep.”