Canada is shocked by the shooting in Ottawa on Oct 22, 2014
We remember those who should be remembered.
The intent of the murderer who shot the reservist soldier, who was providing ceremonial guard to the Tomb for the Unknown Soldier, arose from unreasonable religious resentment and mental disturbance, according to the electronic trail.
Prime Stephen Harper said that Canada would not be intimidated. He said the government will take all the necessary steps to keep Canadians safe. He condemned the second brutal attack this week, especially the cold-blooded murder of Nathan Cirillo. The incidents were direct attacks on Canadian values.
We now review whether we as a society are prepared to give up some of our freedoms in order to provide more protection. We must admit that, we are at war with an enemy that considers its way of life can only flourish if ours is extinguished. It was not our choice or intent, but we are at war whether we like it or not.
Canadian values, as for example described in the UN Declaration of Human Rights, the Canadian Constitution, and the Bible, are clearly opposed and denounced on many jihadist web sites. Freedom is not free. Democracy and the rule of reasonable law will always have to be defended by each generation.
Let us be reminded of the goodness of Canada, and be thankful, while each resolves to live up to our blessings.