Saskatchewan’s lovable radio host asks: “What are you thinking and feeling about 1) our Canada today b) yesterday on the “Hill” and c) the cowardice and evil in our midst. Is Canada different today? How do we deal with terrorism and radicals?”
1) Worried the attack will be used as an excuse to make it harder to visit our public buildings.
b?) You mean 2)?
c) OK, we’ll stick with letters now. The cowardice and evil is refusing to deal with our fossil fuel additions, and going to war to secure a source in the Middle East. How do we stop these radicals? Let’s do a better job than we do for stopping a nut from obtaining a long gun to shoot a soldier and Parliament.
Let’s improve housing. The shooter yesterday was living out of a homeless shelter.
Let’s improve social supports. Someone who recognized the shooter was mentally ill, should have had someone to turn to for help.
A sad day of note in Canadian political history, as Parliament Hill was under gunfire today. A soldier was also shot at the nearby War Memorial.
Putting the day’s events into perspective though, are Canadians less safe today because of our political leader’s choice to take us to war in Iraq against ISIS? Possibly. That threat shouldn’t mean a single change to our daily lives though, since we don’t alter our behaviour to avoid the much more deadly threat of being killed by a home-grown drunk driver.
I’m collecting reports as this unfolds, because it will be interesting to see who got what wrong.
“Credible sources tell @SunNewsNetwork there may be as many as five active shooters in #Ottawa sunnewsnetwork .ca/sunnews/canada/archives/2014/10/20141022-100348.html “
If I was still in Ottawa, I’d be on the Hill tomorrow, inviting others to watch the partial solar eclipse through my camera.
ADDED 1:25pm SK time (MDT)
A body is seen 2 minutes later:
I found it ironic today that there are people viewing staying out of Iraq as being on the “wrong side of history”. I couldn’t think of a more perfect example of a battle fought in folly, than Canadian troops going to fight ISIS in Iraq with bombers.
Eleven years ago I was in an evening classroom learning about computer graphics when Bush and Cheney started the second Iraq War with “shock and awe” bombings. The ensuing destruction of that country left the Americans floundering for money at home, and Iraq awash in political instability and weapons. With the Americans weary of a decade long war, they pulled out of Iraq, leaving a power vacuum that was entirely predictable, but didn’t have a more workable solution.
Now Canada is graced with a war-hungry neo-con Prime Minister who’s not about to pass up a chance to bomb a Muslim country. I grew up when there were still WWI veterans at Remembrance Day ceremonies, and kids drew posters proclaiming, “Never Again”. Now, those veterans are all dead, and with them the idea of avoiding war to solve geopolitical struggles.
Powerful Canadian politicians instead sound like texting-teenagers looking for a cyber-fight.
Despite credible, and entirely reasonable warnings that air strikes are not a terror-suppression tactic, Canada will paint itself as some sort of bold defender of the Kurds, and charge into Iraq behind the Americans.
A 3rd Iraq War, with Canada more involved than the last time, is a mistake. Yes, ISIS is a terrible despotic government, but Canada doesn’t go around bombing every despotic government. There are specific reasons the Americans are focused on Iraq, and Canada doesn’t have to get wrapped up in them because a lunatic Prime Minister wants his legacy to be a war conducted in folly.
Saw “Charlie Wilson’s War” [8/10] which explains the background behind the Soviet’s failure in Afghanistan, and paved the way for the Taliban to later take over. Today I saw “Cars 2″ [6/10] which explains why we have people focused on fossil fuel vehicles.
Each somewhat ties into the 10 year old book I’m reading, Power Down, which has theories on economic declines, including the US and USSR. The Soviet’s oil production, and America’s have slowed economic growth for each, leading to predictable collapses.
The destruction of this apartment tower is ridiculous. How is it in any way acceptable for a state to destroy an obvious civilian complex with weapons of war?
We’re supposed to believe that the hundreds of occupants were all enemy combatants, and Israel is safer having made them homeless?
The out-of-control police response to protests against the killing of Michael Brown in a St. Louis, MO suburb, continues.
Yesterday more journalists were arrested without charge, leaving little evidence for the wronged reporters to seek damages in a civil lawsuit.
This police riot in Ferguson is more evidence that Obama is hostile toward the free press (which includes Julian Assange trapped in London).
The police are blaming the media and the public for what’s going wrong. The blame begins and ends with their behaviour. Their member killed an unarmed kid. They refused to charge the culprit. They’ve fired teargas at children and peaceful demonstrators. They’ve arrested media. None of these things are reasonable in the United States considering the First Amendment.
The police said that anyone other than people carrying $50K cameras will be arrested tonight. That’s an illegal threat in the US of A.
It’s time for a lot of resignations.
The killing was live-tweeted
Watched “Epic” [5/10] about little tree people.
“Born on the Fourth of July” [8/10] a 1989 Tom Cruise movie about a Vietnam vet who protests the war.
A Marvel Avengers cartoon movie about their kids stopping Ultron. 6/10
“Burke and Hare” [8/10] a dark British comedy about the early medical profession.