Sunday, January 15, 2006

Canadian Soldier Killed

CTV News is reporting that one Canadian soldier has been killed and three have been wounded by a suicide bomber near Kandahar, Afghanistan. Two civilians were killed and ten others were wounded by the blast. May God have mercy on those killed and may He bring comfort to the their families and those wounded.

They went with songs to the battle,
they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old,
as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

From "For The Fallen" by Lawrence Robert Binyon, (1869-1943)


It appears that the person killed was not a Canadian soldier. He was a senior Canadian diplomat by the name of Glyn Berry. From CBC News:

Glen was a senior diplomat who had a long and distinguished career," Peter
Harder of Foreign Affairs told a news conference in Ottawa on Sunday. "He was
planning his holiday to celebrate his 60th birthday, which is coming up."....
Also speaking at the news conference was Lt.-Gen. Marc Dumais, who offered
condolences to Berry's family, as well as to the families of the three Canadian
soldiers who were injured.

'Prayers are with them'

"Our most sincere thoughts and prayers are with them and their families
and with all Canadians serving in Afghanistan," Dumais said. Two of the soldiers
are reported to have life-threatening injuries and are in critical condition.

The injured are Pte. William Salikan of 3rd Battalion Princess
Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, Cpl. Jeffrey Bailey of 1 Combat Engineer
Regiment, and Master Cpl. Paul Franklin of 1 Field Ambulance. All three were
based in Edmonton. The military was planning to airlift them to a U.S. military
hospital in Germany as soon as was possible.
Note to all you Canadian lefties who are so fond of sneering at our neighbours. Our wounded soldiers are being evacuated to an American military hospital in Germany. They're in real good hands. American hands. Our friends and allies.

Remember that when your hearts thrill at the sight of that Liberal election attack ad which sneers at our alliance with our American neighbours. You creeps.


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