July 16, 2005


JTF2 to hunt al-Qaeda (Daniel LeBlanc, Globe and Mail, July 15th, 2005)

Canada's elite JTF2 soldiers are heading to Afghanistan as part of a 2,000-troop deployment that will target the "detestable murderers and scumbags" behind the rise in international terrorism, General Rick Hillier said yesterday.

In a blunt briefing that signalled a new aggressiveness at the top of the Canadian Forces, the Chief of the Defence Staff said the impending operations are risky but necessary in light of last week's bombings in the British public-transit system.[...]

It was the first time Gen. Hillier has confirmed that members of the Joint Task Force 2 -- the country's secretive commando team -- will be involved in combat missions against the remnants of the former Taliban regime and supporters of al-Qaeda.

"These are detestable murderers and scumbags, I'll tell you that right up front. They detest our freedoms, they detest our society, they detest our liberties," Gen. Hillier said.

He stressed the new face of the Canadian Forces, which he said are now focused on the first job at hand: protecting Canadian interests at home and abroad.

"We're not the public service of Canada, we're not just another department. We are the Canadian Forces, and our job is to be able to kill people."

Posted by Peter Burnet at July 16, 2005 9:42 AM

"We're not the public service of Canada, we're not just another department. We are the Canadian Forces, and our job is to be able to kill people."

I dunno Peter. Does that sound like Canadian values to you? I kinda like it but I'm just a Neanderthal Yank.

Posted by: Jeff at July 16, 2005 9:47 AM

Sounds promising but may be too little too late for our friends to the North.

Posted by: AWW at July 16, 2005 9:49 AM


We'll see. For now, I'm just savouring the thought of all those tranzi/CBC/peacekeeping types choking on their triple low-fat mocachinos and croissants.


Too late for what? AWW, I've warned you before about the hazards of spending too much time here. :-)

Posted by: Peter B at July 16, 2005 10:41 AM

Will they be bringing their paintball equipment or will they be restricted to the use of less lethal weaponry?

Posted by: bart at July 16, 2005 11:46 AM

As long as they don't have to travel in Canadian submarines or helicopters....

Posted by: PapayaSF at July 16, 2005 12:12 PM

i would much rather see the ghurkas let loose in afghanistan, than the seal clubber brigade.

Posted by: cjm at July 16, 2005 1:15 PM

"Scumbags"? Can he say that?

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at July 16, 2005 3:59 PM

"Seals" or "rangers" or even "Special Air Service". No, can't have any memorable name.
Our Canadian friends must call their commandos Joint Task Force 2 like it was a training command.

What are they saving Joint Task Force 1 for? Or is that the name of the cleaning crew at the Defence Ministry?

Posted by: Bob at July 16, 2005 5:16 PM

All said and done, I like Canada. Welcome aboard mates!

Posted by: andy at July 17, 2005 2:57 AM

Pretty strong meat there from General Hillier.

Posted by: ted welter at July 17, 2005 8:27 AM

After the last three years, I'm the last person to get too excited too fast, but here is what our largest self-declared leftist/liberal newspaper had to say.

Posted by: Peter B at July 17, 2005 8:50 AM

Does Canada even have 2,000 troops? I thought they gave up on the military 10 or so years ago.

Regardless of the noise, it is nice to know there are still some real Canadians left up there.

I wonder how "As it Happens" will handle this? Posted by: pchuck at July 17, 2005 5:22 PM

Now that their soldiers are in Afganistan, it is time for us to invade Canada.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at July 17, 2005 7:47 PM