The Court Martial of Capt Semrau, Part II: Small Mercies

The coverage story on a recent issue of Macleans takes an in-depth look at what is currently known about the circumstances surrounding the murder trial of Captain Semrau. It is an interesting read and includes a brief look at several similar cases in the United States, all of them seemingly motivated by a sincere sense […]

eleven eleven

We start wearing our poppies today. Sadly, the relative importance of Remembrance Day in Canada depends on a frequently capricious populace. Too often citizens are prodded toward contempt of veterans by spiteful provocateurs rallying against a militarism that exists solely in their imaginations. Malaise, I suppose, is a more common condition – our country has […]

Deserting Soldiers

A few years ago, when I was working full-time in the Canadian Forces, I remember facilitating an all-ranks discussion about ethics. The audience was mainly comprised of Reservists, a young but serious and thoughtful group. Running out of time I proposed a final question: “is it ethical to kill people?” The first response came from […]