Saturday, November 11, 2006

"It began before Iraq...Afghanistan and...9/11"


"'War brides train' arrives in Ottawa for Remembrance Day ceremonies; poll suggests most would support state funeral for last WWI warrior...The country's top soldier and Ontario's premier paid tribute to the province's fallen soldiers today." More.

"We are at war. Maybe you don't think we should be at war. Maybe you do. Maybe you deny we are at war at all. None of it is important this day. We are at war."
--
Rick Bell, Calgary Sun

"...Britain's top spymaster raised eyebrows in Canada and around the world by painting an alarming picture of the threat from home-grown terrorism, saying her agency is tracking at least 1,600 terrorists, involved in as many as 30 plots meant to 'to kill people and to damage our economy'...CSIS (the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service) is known to have been tracking 274 terrorism suspects last year, a number proportionally far lower than Britain. While CSIS doesn't say how many active plots it might be tracking, 19 suspects are facing trial in two Canadian terrorism cases. Significantly, the lead suspects in both of these groups stand accused of hatching plans with people in Britain, a country where 99 suspects face terrorism charges in more than 30 distinct case..."
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"...tomorrow's threat may include the use of chemicals, bacteriological agents, radioactive materials and even nuclear technology...Let there be no doubt about this...the international terrorist threat to this country is not new. It began before Iraq, before Afghanistan and before 9/11" -- Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, Director-General of MI5

"It is not just the U.K. of course...Other countries also face a new terrorist threat, from Spain to France to Canada and Germany.” -- Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, head of MI5

"A brainstorming session in Kabul, Afghanistan has resulted in a flood of cash in support of Afghan women, and three Canadian Forces majors have marked International Women's Day in a big way."
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Patriot Act prompts institutions to switch to Canadian server for online research to hide work from American eyes. More.+

+ Terror attacks For the Past 4 Months + Terror attacks first half of 2006
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"This week, the chill down my back and the emotion I and all of us feel across the country is greater than it has ever been."
-- General Rick Hillier, the Chief of the Defence Staff of the Canadian Forces

“As those whose freedom, safety and prosperity is so often purchased by the sacrifices of others, we owe a great debt...It must be honoured, even though it can never fully be repaid.”
-- Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal).


General Hillier and some friends. (Kabul, Afghanistan)


Canadian Forces female personnel of the International SecurityAssistance Force (ISAF) stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Canadian Soldiers return from Vimy Ridge in this May, 1917 photo. On November 11, 1918, the First World War officially ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
Canadian Soldiers return from Vimy Ridge in this May, 1917 photo. On November 11, 1918, the First World War officially ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

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