Terrorist Attacks on Canadian Soldiers, Government
Canadian soldiers have been targeted in two separate attacks this week. Two of the three soldiers involved are now dead at the hands of homegrown terrorists. It makes me wonder, are our own service members safe on Canadian soil?
The first attack was a hit and run in the province of Quebec where the terrorist, an Islamist militant of French Canadian origins, lay in wait for his victims outside an office for injured veterans. One of the soldiers was in uniform, and when terrorist Martin Rouleau called 911 at the time of the attack, he said he was, “acting in the name of Allah.”
Earlier today, a soldier near Parliament Hill was shot dead while guarding the National War Memorial, a monument dedicated to Canada's fallen servicemen and women. Apparently several others were shot by a gunman who then entered Parliament and opened fire. Parts of Canada's capital city are now on lockdown.
Both these terrorists were killed by police, but I have to wonder if they were related and if there will be more attacks on our military or our government. The timing of the attacks, leading up to Remembrance Day, seems significant. And the locations do too.
The hit and run took place in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, a city known for its French-language military college. St-Jean has also long been associated with the basic training of military personnel from across Canada. My own mother, who enlisted in the RCAF in Alberta, was sent to Quebec to do her basic training at St-Jean decades ago.
The fact that one attack happened outside a Veteran Affairs facility and the other at a war monument, indicates disdain not only for active service personnel, but also for our country's veterans and war dead. As I said, the level of disrespect, especially as we are just gearing up for this year's Poppy Campaign, leaves me rather shaken.
I don't want to give voice to my fears. I pray that the RCMP and CSIS will be able to figure out what's going on, and put a stop to the terrorism before anyone else is hurt.
Image credit: Two sergeants – my father the veteran, and my daughter the army cadet; © Kyla Matton Osborne
Allan Woods, “ Canadian soldier killed in suspected terror attack identified ” (The Star)
Image Credit » Kyla Matton Osborne