We are at war. And war has come to us. The events in Ottawa on Oct. 22 show us that we must be steadfast and ready for anything that ISIL can throw at us.
But some, yours truly included, have argued that we are a nation of Peacekeepers and have been for almost 3 generations. Why are we going to war with a group of radical maniacs half a world away? I think I have an answer to this question.
When Germany started to push itself through Europe in the late 1930’s, England had no choice but to declare war and we followed suit. We probably had no business sending our kids to fight but if we didn’t, who knows what the out come might have been for Europe and the rest of the world. But out of the ashes of this World War, our nation truly came into it’s own. And we knew that with a much smaller military than other nations, it would make sense to forge a Peacekeeper role in the world.
Over the last decade or so, we’ve seen that role wane as we’ve entered global conflicts in roles other than Peacekeepers. Afghanistan, Libya, and now Iraq are places that our service men and women find themselves engaging the enemy. But, maybe this is something we need to do… as a nation.
(Cpl. Nathan Cirillo who lost his life while standing on guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa)
Maybe we need to have that world wide conflict to reaffirm what our position, as a country, is in this world. Maybe, it’s Peacekeepers. Maybe, it’s something else.
What ever our role will be on this planet in the up coming years, it will probably look different than the Baby Boomers have been living in since 1945.
What do you think the future holds for Canada on the world stage or us as Canadians in what surely will be a new found vigilance where ever we go?
P.S. This gesture from our American friends goes so far for Canadians, they will never fully appreciate it. Thank you Pittsburgh.