I should know better. But I watched the CBC National news tonight. I know, I know, but there really wasn’t much else on.
For the first time since, uh, I don’t know when, I screamed at my television.
The CBC ran a piece of journalistic tripe about the war in Afghanistan with the marking of the 100th Canadian soldier killed in action in that troubled part of the world. The absolute bias was prevalent in the piece. They found two families of soldiers killed in Afghanistan and a peace activist who has written a book to present an anti-war point of view that had not a hint of balance or, dare I say, common sense.
Without disparaging the families of the brave men who died in the service of this country, I couldn’t help but get angry at the mother of one soldier who said she was okay with her son being a peacekeeper but didn’t want him shooting at someone. Honestly, she said that.
And then the intellectually-challenged man married to her criticized the mission we are on in some weird attempt to say Canada has done its bit for NATO and we should leave without addressing the job that is not yet done against the Taliban and the forces of evil who are trying to destroy our very way of life.
Now, I grieve along with every other Canadian for the death of every man and woman who is killed in the line of duty in the service of this country. But, it is disingenuous to the extreme to suggest that if we simply bail on Afghanistan life will be alright. The harsh reality for all the group huggers is that we, the West, have got to engage in a shooting war with the forces of Islam who are trying to eliminate our way of life. There is no other way to look at the so-called War on Terror. And best that war be conducted in a place far away from our shores.
It’s been awhile since I have posted and for those who have written wondering why, suffice to say it has been an extremely busy period for me given that, in addition to my day job and other writing projects, I advise two CFL clubs on matters of security and November was the playoff season. One of the clubs I work with won the Grey Cup and it was a pure joy to bear witness, at close quarters, to their victory.
To those of you who enjoy my musings I pledge I will be more forthcoming in the next while. To those that hate what I say, I will try to say more than ever.