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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Another brave soul to pray for on November 11

Trooper Karine Blais was killed in Afghanistan on April 13, 2009. Trooper Blais, who was 21 years of age, is the 117th—and second female—Canadian soldier to be killed in Afghanistan since the start of the conflict in 2002. Four other Canadian soldiers were injured in the incident, which occurred in Shah Wali Kowt, a district about 40 kilometres northwest of Kandahar City.

It is so sad to hear that another of our soldiers has given her life on a foreign battle field far, far away. She has joined the tens of thousands of gallant Canadians who have died in foreign wars—another brave soul for us to pray for on November 11.

Heavy hangs the responsibility on all of us who ask our armed forces to project abroad the collective will of our nation. I pray her sacrifice will not be in vain.

In a perfect world, our young men and women would not be asked to lay down their lives for the people of a country which only recently has proposed a law which, if ever allowed to pass, will further cement into their medieval culture the already widely accepted belief that women are but chattels to be used and abused as one might a kitchen stool.

May the soul of Karine Blais rest in peace.

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