Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Which part of "scumbag" don't you understand? 

The straight-talker of the week award goes to...

This has been around for a few days now, but in case you've missed it, it's worth reminding - some fighting words from, all places, Canada, in the person of General Rick Hillier, the Chief of the Defence Staff, on the occasion of the deployment of 2,000 Canadian troops to Afghanistan (hat tip: David H):
The London attack actually tells us once more: We can't let up...

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...

We're not going to let those radical murderers and killers rob from others and certainly we're not going to let them rob from Canada...

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.
As Gen Hillier said about the Canadian involvement in the fight against Nazis 60 years ago, "Did they say, 'No we might be attacked over here if we actually stand up against those despicable murderers and bastards?' No, they did not." Indeed.

In response, the spokesman for the Defence Minister had this to say: "I can certainly understand that there may be people who are concerned with the tone of his statements... [But Gen Hillier] has certainly been a fairly straight-talking individual throughout his career. I wouldn't say this represents a change in attitude."

I would hope that the only people concerned with the tone of General Hillier's statement would be terrorists, but I fear that's not entirely the case.


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