Quote: Originally Posted by earth_as_one
I found a whole new respect for the armed services when ice-storm 98 hit. The civilians hadn't a clue how to deal with the emergency or make quick decisions. Without military intervention, things could have gotten ugly in some of the worst hit areas. I've seen people fighting for the last can on the shelf at a super market. When someone tried to cut in front of long line to get gas at the last gas station in town with gas, an angry mob tried to pull him out of the car. They almost rolled his car over and then he sped away almost driving over one of the mob. I've since come to the conclusion that we the sheeple are only about 48 hours of the right conditions away from killing each other.Quote has been trimmed, See full post:
Things settled down and became organized with the military took control under a declared state of emergency. I volunteered as an electrician at the local firehall which became a military HQ. The major who commanded the forces there knew how to evaluate situations and make decisions. Generators were allocated to hospitals and essential services. Gas stations and stores were re-opened at strategic locations first. People were evacuated from unsafe condition... and so on. Military intervention turned chaos into order.
Soldiering is thankless job, the pay sucks and it can be dangerous... Canada's military has a reputation for being professional and disciplined. They've proven themselves in Bosnia, Lebanon, Cyprus, Haiti, Sudan... many other places...
I was thinking of that storm this afternoon and about the civil disturbance you have described.
The facts about fragile infrastructure aren't well appreciated by enough people. I hope your evaluation of the Canadian armed forces is correct certainly it is what I was taught to expect and respect but in the light of the last ten years and the deals that have been cut behind bolted doors I have reservations about whose military it really is and whether the nation can trust our forces have no higher hidden priorities, given the present security environment how could we find out anyway. The intigration is problematic it may be desireable to have a somewhat more Canadian than internationalist armed forces, disengagement from the developing nastyness may be very costly especially the more so since we are in all likelyhood already a client state of the empire. Economically, culturally and militarily this is already demonstratably true. What parts of the relationship are we left to guess at, our efforts in Afghanistan and Hati are certainly what we are to be employed at to fullfill our obligations. To whom are we really obliged to in Afghanistan, the dead Afghans put the lie to the sanctimonious pronouncements of Ottawa. Our closest allie is already a repressive police state well into rounding up and putting away the dissenters and the oddballs and forigners of no means.