Troop Deployment

There are soldiers in the streets in Canada. This is not a coup. This is democracy in action.

I’ve been in countries where the sight of soldiers was never good news, places where the military was an alternative government, just waiting to seize power. It isn’t like that in Canada. Our transitions from one government to another have always been peaceful. A military coup is unheard of.

So why, you may ask, are soldiers on the streets in several Canadian cities in three different provinces? It is Spring, and the water is rising.

I have mentioned here before how much I miss Canada’s winters. And I think I have mentioned that Canada had record snowfall this year, while Sulzburg had none. That snow is melting now, which is causing record flooding. So the government has called out the army to help with flood relief efforts in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. Soldiers are filling and placing sandbags in an effort to hold back the floodwaters.

This is what you sign up for when you join Canada’s military. We are not an aggressive nation. When our soldiers do see combat, it is usually as part of United Nations peacekeeping efforts, or a NATO stabilization force. Our troops, perhaps the best trained fighting force on the planet, are more likely to see “action” dealing with natural disasters at home.

When you think about it, isn’t that the way it should be?

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