It's a poignant, touching essay about the murder of a soldier that makes me sad and angry as well, and I thank Mark Steyn for citing some of my thoughts about that act of war.
The anniversary of his murder has largely gone unnoticed by Canadians, who are more interested in celebrating the election of a mindless, pot-smoking airhead, who-not yet even in power-has already announced that Canada's role in fighting the barbarian jihadists of ISIS is over.
I was reminded of this horrible anniversary last night when I saw this article:
"He would have loved this."
I could barely finish reading it without crying.
Steyn brings up some of the main points that must be repeated and repeated and forced upon those who to ignore the evil in our midst.
First, one of the ways to defeat this evil is to listen to our primal instincts, to arm brave men and women and to nurture our brave to act on instinct, just like Kevin Vickers did and just like regular civilians are doing right now in Israel.
As Steyn recalls:
"In a split second, Mr Vickers understood his ceremonial role had turned suddenly real, pulled the pistol out of his drawer, and sent the western world's latest Soldier of Allah to his virgins with a single bullet. We will have need of men like Kevin Vickers in the years ahead, and many more of us will have to recover that primal survival instinct."
For those who have forgotten, the Soldier of Allah reference comes from this murderous bastard.
Steyn agrees with me that the answer to terrorism is more freedom, more push back, more uniforms, more soldiers, more fight and more resolute action.
His bottom line:
"As I said to Alan Jones on 2GB in Sydney, I'm tired of being told that we have to change to accommodate them. They are the ones who have to change, or have change forced upon them."
Alas they will only change if and when we force them.
But who is "we" nowadays?