Liz. Liz. Liz.
The broad strokes in which you paint the profession of arms is rather disheartening. Slamming those who honourably go and stand to defend their nation are a far cry from those whose armies are far from professional.
Even professional armies have their instances of unprofessionalism. They are dealt with quickly by their peers. There are rules which govern a soldiers conduct on the battlefield. Countries, such as Canada and the United States, do their utmost to abide by these rules. Such is the nature of professionals.
Rape, which was once used as a tool of subjugation in war, has been out of disfavour for many years. A result of “civilization” and recognizing things that aren’t right.
The ranks today are filled with men and WOMEN. Many countries, such as Canada, the United States and Israel employ women in Combat roles. They have also died in that service.
Our professionals have also borne witness to savagery committed against civilian populations by unprofessional “soldiers”. I bring the Rwandan Genocide to your attention. Rest assured the professionals live with the stain that the UN allowed it to happen and restrained their instinctive, professional and honourable urge to do the right thing and intervene.
I can assure you that had our men been turned loose? The casualties of Rwanda would have been much smaller.
Are you familiar with the story of the Amazons? Whether fact or fiction. Women are the focal point of the matter.
Recent history has recorded that women have been soldiers in the defense of a nation.
Lyudmila M. Pavlichenko
Confirmed Kills: 309
Pavlichenko served in the Red Army’s 25th Infantry Division and became one of the 2000 Soviet female snipers, of whom only about 500 survived the war.
“…A female soldier from Canada was killed while fighting Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan on Wednesday, military officials said.
Capt. Nichola Goddard, 26, had been serving in Afghanistan with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. She was a member of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, based in Shilo, Man.
She is the first Canadian woman to be killed in action since the Second World War, and the first female combat soldier killed on the front lines ..Goddard was serving as a forward observer, helping to target the artillery by observing where the shells fell. …”