Saturday, July 16, 2005

Eeeek! Canadian Army being Americanized.

In a surprising turn of events, Canada will send some 2500 Commandos to help in the fight in Afghanistan. The commandos have a new leader, Gen. Rick Hillier, Chief of Defense Staff. General Hillier does not mince words.
He said all elements of the Canadian Forces need to be revamped, including the part where "you go out and bayonet somebody."

"We are not the Public Service of Canada," he declared. "We are not just another department. We are the Canadian Forces and our job is to be able to kill people."

The terrorist bombings in London underscore the need to take the fight to the enemy in failed states where they have room to thrive, said Hillier.

As a Western society that values rights and freedoms, Canada is already in conflict with "what people like Osama bin Laden, Mullah Omar and those others want."

"These are detestable murderers and scumbags," Hillier said. "They detest our freedoms, they detest our society, they detest our liberties."

It's time for Canada to take a stand, he said, just as it did 66 years ago when it joined the Second World War against the Nazis, whom he described as "those despicable, murderous bastards."
He sounds just like George C. Scott. Not everyone in Canada is happy about this. The Polaris Institute, a left-leaning think tank based in Ottawa, said Friday the defence minister needs to "clarify" Hillier's "very alarming" comments.

His use of epithets such as 'scumbags' and 'killers' is reminiscent of language used by (U.S.) President (George W.) Bush and U.S. Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld," said project director Steven Staples.

Taken alongside recent defence policy changes and an increase in the defence budget, Staples said they "show an unmistakable trend toward the Americanization of the Canadian Forces.
I don't recall Bush or Rumsfeld ever calling anyone a scumbag, unless it was a reporter. Couldn't be happening at a better time if you ask me. The Canadians need to hustle to get those forces all Americanized before their 9 month winter sets in.

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