UAV FAIL

As is being reported at the Wall Street Journal online, apparently insurgents in Iraq have armed themselves with $26 off-the-shelf receivers in order to capture live video feeds from US Predator Drone UAVs. Shiite fighters in Iraq used software programs such as SkyGrabber — available for as little as $25.95 on the Internet — to […]

The Great War & Patrolling/Raiding

Our local Military History Bookclub is currently reading the two-volume history of the Canadian Corps in World War I by Tim Cook. We’ll be reviewing the first volume, At the Sharp End, in January. Volume two, Shock Troops, will follow in February. And in an excellent coincidence, author Tim Cook will be visiting the University […]

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 […]