This is surrender. This is saying, we will respond to jihad attacks by curtailing our own activities and freedoms. This is cowardice. This is saying, We will walk around in fear of the jihadis instead of being resolute in defending ourselves against them. This is outrageous.
“Following Parliament Hill attack, Canada’s military told to stay out of uniform in public,” by Matthew Coutts, Daily Brew, October 22, 2014:
An attack on a uniformed member of the Canadian military in downtown Ottawa on Wednesday should give us all pause. This soldier was killed while standing guard outside Ottawa’s National War Memorial, dressed in a uniform that is meant to signify Canada’s commitment to freedom.
Military bases across the country were placed on high alert following the attack in downtown Ottawa, the second attack in three days targeting uniformed members of the Canadian military.
And amid those increased tensions and the apparent increase in threat against those proudly serving in military uniforms, some soldiers are being warned to limit wearing those outfits to official duties.
Following the the shooting death of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo on Wednesday and the death of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., on Monday, some military officials are warning soldiers to stay out of uniform whenever they are off duty.
CBC Montreal reports that an email was sent to local military personnel telling them to only wear their military uniforms when on base or while travelling to their homes. In all other cases, they should stay out of their gear. Another email to student soldiers warned them not to wear their uniforms at any time.
New Glasgow News similarly reported on Wednesday that Rear Admiral John Newton, Commander of Maritimes Forces Atlantic released a message to personnel, reading:
In light of the current situation happening in Ottawa, [Newton] has asked all personnel remain in their respective buildings for the time being and restrict movement in uniform in public as much as possible.
Lewis MacKenzie, retired Major General of the Canadian Armed Forces, says it would be very difficult for a military serviceperson to lay down their uniforms in a time like this.
“As far as enhancing the protection of military members, I can understand the direction regarding the wearing of uniforms, when and where,” MacKenzie told CBC News.
“I would only suggest that the military doesn’t make requests. It gives directions. Direction has been given, to the best of my knowledge, that uniforms will not be worn in certain situations off base. From a force protection point of view … that makes sense.”…
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