Mistakes: Surgical and Terrorist

Mistakes, like accidents, happen. No amount of preparation, care and concentration can guarantee that mistakes will not occur so long as it is a human carrying out the task. When mistakes are made in very public instances it is not uncommon to hear someone state that ‘mistakes just can’t happen under these circumstances’. Well, theyContinue reading “Mistakes: Surgical and Terrorist”

Ottawa Shooting: A Link in a Chain of Terror?

Today, in the wake of yesterday’s calamity in Ottawa that saw the nation’s government locked down, and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a brave soldier and young father with his whole life ahead of him, gunned down in a cowardly ambush while on ceremonial guard duty, nothing seems funny. As a proud Canadian I am usually pleasedContinue reading “Ottawa Shooting: A Link in a Chain of Terror?”

Canada Quietly Ups Terrorist Alert, and Al-Shabaab’s Your Uncle

It has often been stated that we Canadians are a gentle lot; slow to anger and quick to apologize. These are admirable traits that lead to the type of society we enjoy. But when it comes to issuing alerts, a bit of bravado is essential. In the wake of the recent hit-and-run killing of 53-yearContinue reading “Canada Quietly Ups Terrorist Alert, and Al-Shabaab’s Your Uncle”

Canada’s Role in The War Against ISIS: Humanitarian or Combat?

How will Canadians react when and if one of our own is the victim of an egregious ISIS beheading video should we take part in a combat mission? As I write this, one hundred years after the outbreak of what has come to be known as the “war to end all wars”, or World WarContinue reading “Canada’s Role in The War Against ISIS: Humanitarian or Combat?”