Overcoming Tragedy In Ottawa
By Torleif Sorenson on 10/23/14
We at oobgolf would be callous and crass if we ignored this week's Islamic terrorist attacks in Canada. On Monday, an ISIS-inspired terrorist drove over two Canadian soldiers in Quebec, leaving one dead in that hit-and-run attack. Then yesterday morning just before 10:00 a.m. EDT, Canadian Army Reserve Cpl. Nathan Cirillo of Hamilton, Ontario was gunned down in cold blood while serving as the guard of honor in front of the Canadian National War Memorial. Moments later, the terrorist attacked three others in the Canadian Parliament building before being cut off and cut down by the sergeant-at-arms, Kevin Vickers.

Rather than going in-depth to further analyze the continuing danger that the free and civilized nations of the world face, we will present what the veteran Canadian golf writer Ian Hutchinson wrote yesterday shortly after the carjacking and attacks occurred:

I write this as events continue to transpire in the nation’s capital, with the knowledge that a soldier had been shot at the National War Memorial, that a shooter has been shot and killed inside the Parliament Buildings, but there are other shooters, and that a good part of downtown Ottawa is in lockdown.

Events are ongoing and I’ll leave it up to media outlets better equipped to provide on-the-spot updates to do just that, but what what I can say is that it’s difficult to go about a daily routine at work and impossible to put this out of my mind, especially after another soldier was killed and another injured in a deadly hit-and-run in Quebec just a few days ago.

Who’s responsible for what’s going on in Ottawa as I write this will be determined in the hours, days and weeks to come, understandable but frustrating in the search for answers, especially in the knowledge that this will surely change our country, much the same way 9/11 did in the United States just over 13 years ago.

In numbers and destruction, the events of Wednesday aren’t of the same magnitude of 9/11, but it did strike at the heart of Canada at one of our most sacred monuments and continued into our most iconic landmark, forcing the federal government to come to a standstill.

Across the country, military bases were closed to the public and MP’s constituency offices closed, so a ripple effect was taking place, so there’s little wonder in why Canadians would be preoccupied with news coverage.

I saw opinions on social media and in comments sections of various news stories that were already politicizing what was still in progress, definitely premature, but indicative of how Canadians were reacting to the events in the nation’s capital.

So, it’s understandable that people have at least one eye on the television, if not both. You can’t help but think that we’re heading into a new era in this country and only the debates and actions of the future will decide the extent of what’s ahead.

There’s a televised RCMP briefing coming up and I plan to watch it, but getting away from the coverage to write this blog was something that needed to be done. That not only applies to the golf industry, but all Canadians.

As it was with 9/11, we have to get back to our regular routines, even if it wasn’t easy on Wednesday. It only proves that no attack can take away from what Canadians have fought to defend.

In our own industry, recreation is something that some find offensive, but in this country, it contributes to the quality of life we cherish. To carry on means we win, despite our losses.

Indeed, may God rest Nathan Cirillo's noble soul.

And well-penned, Mr. Hutchinson.

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jpjeffery says:
Nice article, Torleif.
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