So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Friday, January 22, 2016

Canadians die; Trudeau phone op.

A grieving husband receives a phone call from the Prime Minister. A prime minister who, it seems, is woefully blind to the threat to the peace and security of Canadians abroad. A prime minister who seems more interested in protecting the optics of his reputation than lending authentic condolences to a family member who couldn't get information from any Canadian government office about the murder of his wife.
Maude Carrier had travelled to Burkina Faso with her father Yves Carrier, her half-brother Charles-Élie Carrier and Yves Carrier’s wife Gladys Chamberland. Two friends of the Carriers — Louis Chabot and Suzanne Bernier — joined the trip and were also killed. The group was helping build a school with the Congrégation des soeurs de Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours.
People grieve loss in different ways. One could easily forgive someone's seemingly curt reaction to another's attempt to offer condolences at the death of a loved one. That said, platitudes are hardly the balm of healing for a husband and family who lost so many to the violence of a terrorist bombing. Platitudes cannot replace prayer and constructive action to effect justice for the injured.

Prime Minister Justin is still finding his feet as a prime minister. Let's hope he is able to acquire a modicum of wisdom from this recent encounter to help him better appreciate the reality of international terrorism and how to better respond to it.
Husband of Canadian victim in Burkina Faso attack says he hung up on Justin Trudeau
Graeme Hamilton | January 21, 2016
MONTREAL – The husband of one of the Canadian victims of last week’s terror attack in Burkina Faso said he hung up on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when he called to offer his condolences.
Yves Richard’s wife Maude Carrier, 37, was one of six Quebecers and 30 victims in total killed when al-Qaida gunmen attacked a restaurant and hotel in the capital of Ouagadougou.
He told the Montreal radio station 98.5 FM that he took offense when Trudeau called him Monday afternoon to express his sympathy. He said Trudeau’s message sounded like a “cassette” and he did not appreciate Trudeau calling the victims a source of Canadian pride.
“I asked him to stop his political blather … I told him they didn’t do (their charitable works) to make Canadians proud but because they were fundamentally good people,” Richard said.
He said he ended the conversation by telling Trudeau to hug his wife and children. “I hung up on him, and it felt good,” he said.
Richard said he was unhappy that it was not until 48 hours after the attack that he was able to get any answers from the federal Department of Foreign Affairs. News broke of a terrorist incident in Burkina Faso on Friday, the eve of his wife’s scheduled return to Canada. After failed efforts to get information from Ottawa, he received the news he dreaded from a nun with the religious order hosting Carrier and other family members during their volunteer mission.
He said he reached the nun on her cell phone, and she was hysterical. “She was at the morgue, and she told me they were all gone,” he said.
On Monday, Ms. Carrier’s mother lashed out at Trudeau for his plan to withdraw Canadian fighter jets from the coalition mission against ISIL. “I want Justin Trudeau, instead of condemning (the attacks) solely with words and his little mouth, to do it with airplanes,” Camille Carrier told 98.5 FM.
With all due respect to the Prime Minister, the best defence is a strong offence. The freedom Canadians enjoy today was purchased with the blood and guts of a generation of brave young soldiers who gave their lives on foreign soil to defend freedom to reclaim the world from men allied with evil ideologies. We cannot abandon the innocent in the Middle East. We cannot think for a moment that by withdrawing military support that we can appease ISIS and other militant islamist groups and thereby insulate Canadian from the evils of the real world. The fight must be taken to the enemy, to render him incapable of attack. A just war must be fought to defend the innocent who, like Maude Carrier and her family members, want to make the world a better place.

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