Unmitigated Disgust

Thieves broke into and stole personal possessions and heirlooms from the car of Pat Burns’ widow yesterday, mere hours after the ceremony laying the respected hockey man to rest. Police say there is no doubt that the thieves knew exactly to whom the items belonged, noting that Burns’ wallet was in the car.

The funeral of Pat Burns in Montreal yesterday marks the end of a long story that started when Burns was a police officer in Quebec, saw him become the coach of the junior hockey team owned by Wayne Gretzky, followed him through a brilliant career with Montreal and Toronto and to a Stanley Cup win with New Jersey, and finally saw him succumb to cancer after a long, courageous battle. Respected by everyone in the hockey community and known as a tough but fair man, Burns will be missed by a countless crowd.

What kind of pathetic, diseased mind thinks that in some way it is right to subject this man, or any man’s family to this kind of indignity on such a sad and solemn day?
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Refreshing the Bullseye

Wikileaks is again set to release tens of thousands of sensitive documents, this time pertaining to diplomatic cables from the United States referencing scores of other nations. Despite a rather suspect attack on their infrastructure by a hacker named “Jester,” Wikileaks reports that they are still on schedule to release the documents this week in the second of two high profile leaks of sensitive and potentially damaging information about US foreign relations this year.

While representatives for Canada’s diplomatic service have already been outspoken that none of what is revealed in those leaked documents will in any way alter the relationship our nation has with the US, one has to wonder what the actual effect of this leak will be. More to the point, even if the released information does not chang business as usual in diplomatic circles, the question remains how it will impact social relations among the people. Or, can we feel comfortable knowing that all of this will likely blow over and be forgotten within our usual and short collective ADHD interval?
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Mission Accomplished

Speaking shortly after handing command of Canada’s mentoring effort to a successor, Colonel Ian Creighton announced that the Taliban have been defeated in Afghanistan and would pose no significant future threat. The effectiveness of the allied effort against the Taliban has been debated since it began, with NATO commanders and outside experts frequently agreeing that the war in Afghanistan has inded had no effect on making the world a safer place. In that context, the Colonel’s words must be music to the ears of those who have defended the war in Afghanistan, and Canada’s combat participation.

So, why does this seeming vindication of the Canadian operation seem so immediately reminiscent of another declaration of victory, a little over seven years ago? Granted, the Colonel didn’t make a dramatic and dashing landing on the deck of an aircraft carrier to the cheers of many, but carriers don’t float on sand, and the Colonel isn’t the great “decider.” You can hardly blame him, can you?
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