Royal Canadian Air Force took off from CFB Cold Lake in their CF-18 Hornets heading for Kuwait. Their support team arrived in Kuwait a couple of days ago, and will greet the Hornets as they arrive there in the next while. There they will participate in a force trying to stop a radical terrorist group trying to take over parts of Iraq.
What bothered me about it was that the media had to "fuzz" out the faces of these brave young men and women, to hide their identity. This was done to protect them and their families from attacks from "home grown" terrorists! In times now long past, soldiers leaving for missions overseas were proudly paraded down Canada's Main Streets where the rest of us could gather to wave Canadian flags, and thank them for their service to our country. Now they have to leave almost clandestinely!
I know it has to be done this way. We must protect these folks and their families.
I hope that the 600 Canadian Forces personnel now in Kuwait and preparing those CF-18s know that there are millions of us here at home who support them. We wish them all well and a safe return home. We are proud Canadians and we are proud of you! Godspeed.