I wasn't quite sure how to write this post, but it truly comes from the heart. Last night an evil act of terrorism directly affected my family and this is how I feel about it. My oldest stepson is 25 and in the military. Last night an act of terrorism happened in Edmonton at a football game. My stepson was at that game. Why? Because it was military appreciation night. So my stepson, who is not a football fan at all was there in full uniform - a bit of a target of you will. Was it fate or was it planned that way? Unfortunately, an innocent RCMP officer and some happy go lucky people out for a Saturday night were the recipients of an evil insane act of terrorism. The part that most of the media left out was that it was Military Appreciation night....I wonder why that part was missing from almost every news story.
My stepson left early as only did his duty and left the game. He saw nothing. It truly hits home though, terrorism is everywhere. He shrugs it off, maybe because he is in the military and wants to become a cop, simply can handle it better than we do. We texted every kid this morning as soon as we had heard as all live in Edmonton and are young adults. Our youngest, an avid football fan knew nothing of the act, was at a friends last night. All replied and the last was my stepson in the military. That was when we found out he was at the game when the terrorist attack happened right outside the stadium. Least likely to be at a football game because he hates sports but only there because of military appreciation night.
Let me just say this. Terrorism sucks. But it is not a muslim thing, it is a psycho thing. Terrorism brings out the absolute worst in all people. I have many many muslim friends and every single one cannot understand the evil that would drive someone to do this. Even worse, now my muslim friends must look over their shoulders when they grocery shop or go to the mall as those with retribution on the mind think they have just cause.
It is a very sad day indeed for Canada, a mostly safe peaceful country.