Are we REALLY surprised? Can there ACTUALLY be any TRUE Canadians out there that are TOTALLY surprised at the outcome of yesterdays killing of our reservist, and, SADLY, one of our own, troubled young men that was subjugated, or CHOSE to be subjugated to the teachings of Radical Islam?
Now, before I get attacked and jumped on for pointing out that this DID, and DOES have something to do with Radical Islam, I am freely pointing out that this was a White, Anglo Saxon Canadian Citizen, that, for whatever reasons, decided to associate and join the radical Islamic frame of mind. I have read the Koran. As a person whose life is VERY much oriented around Academia, I TRY to pride myself with traits such as open mindedness, perpetual, and non biased life long learning, growing, and gaining compassion for all our fellow humans, We all have had different experiences growing up, leading to drastically different opinions. What has traditionally made Canada a wonderful place to live in, is that we have been able to be tolerant of our differences, and, even, at times, relishing the challenge of understanding said differences. We have NOT been a culture of turning to violence, traditionally, to be able to accept, and allow such differences.
What happened on October 22, 2014, and earlier last week in Montreal, changes the face of terrorism, and mindsets of ALL true Canadians, with the final and Full outcomes and changes yet to be comprehended, though we all know it WILL become drastic and country wide altering.
This, although horrific, should NOT be an overly large surprise to forward thinking pundits. Evidence of the beginnings of change of this level have been showing their ugly heads of possibilities and probabilities for years now; It’s only been a matter of time. What we choose to do about it, and how we let this change us as a people, and a nation, is the ultimate questions, and the true test of our strengths, and our history, and ability to stand together, as a country, not as secular and individual groups, but as a strong and united county of brothers and sisters.
God Bless all those who have fought, continue to fight, and, hopefully, plan to keep that tradition alive with the up and comers in this line of MOST honourable careers.
I for one, will not be intimidated, or taken down on my own land, in my own country, nor allow my neighbor, brother, sister, Mother, Father, or Child be either, and will do everything I can, even at the cost of my own life, defending what I believe OUR Canada stands for, and fights for. The freedom of ALL.
My Off the wall, eclectic sense of humour and irony will resume in my next post.
Until then, be safe, be strong, be free. Be PROUD to be CANADIAN – NEVER AFRAID.