The murder of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial is a tragedy for his friends and family. There will be somewhere in the range of 600 murders in Canada this year, all of them tragic for the friends and family of the deceased.
None of them, including Cirillo's, mean that Canada is at war.
But that does not stop Maclean's magazine from posting this hysterical headline; Life during wartime: We're all witnesses to war.
Well, the truth is, we're not all witnesses to war. Cpl. Cirillo was shot down by a Canadian crack-head, not by some foreign power with designs on Canada.
67,000 Cpl. Cirillos died in WW1. That was a war.
3,600 Cpl. Cirillos died in a matter of days just at Vimy.
The wanton over-reaction to the murder of Cpl. Cirillo dishonours the memory of the many thousands of Canadians who made the ultimate sacrifice in real wars.
Cut it out already!