William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD

DESPATCH THE INSURGENT?

Private Smokie Smith, Rest his Soul, was down in a hole
When his platoon was attacked by some Tiger tanks.
He shot and wounded a German and killed three more.
But then it was kill the enemy in the 2nd Great War.

Captain Bob Semrau killed a wounded enemy too.
Put him out of his misery: ‘twas the right thing to do.
Our politically correct leaders down at the DND HQ
Sacrificed one of our own: ‘twas the wrong thing to do?

Captain Bob was sacrificed and kicked out of the Corps.
He did his best for Canada in the Afghanistan War.
Faisal Shahzad of Al Qaida gives all of us a warning:
Moslems will soon come and infidels will be mourning.

Inspired by the Times Colonist Articles of 6 October 2010 reproduced below

Author’s Note:

RSM (WO1) Rusty Rowbotham: “What do you do when you come under fire Rifleman Willbond?”
“Sir: Dash, Dive, Roll, Crawl, Observe, Return Fire, Kill the enemy Sir.”
“How did our Regiment win their battle honours Rifleman Willbond and where are they displayed.”
“Sir: since 1860, when our Regiment, the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada was formed, we won our battle honours by killing the enemy. We carry our battle honours on our Regimental flags and on our Regimental drums, Sir.”
“Well Said that man.”

REUTERS

Times Square bomber sentenced to life in prison

Postmedia News

Faisal Shahzad
Faisal Shahzad: “Brace yourselves; the war with Muslims has just begun.”
NEW YORK — A U.S. judge sentenced failed “Times Square bomber” Faisal Shahzad to life imprisonment yesterday, saying she hopes he thinks about whether the Qur’an gives him “the right” to kill.

“You are a young man,” U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum told the 31-year-old Shahzad – a U.S. citizen originally from Pakistan. “You’ll have lots of time to reflect on what you have done and what you have said, today and in the past”

Shahzad shot back that the Qur’an allows Muslims to defend themselves, and claimed that’s all he was doing when he sought to detonate a homemade car bomb in Times Square, New York’s busiest intersection, on a Saturday night in late spring.

“Brace yourselves, the war with Muslims has just begun.” warned Shahzad, a married father of two. “The defeat of the United States is imminent.”

The sentencing came as police in France arrested 12 people as part of a sweep aimed at countering the elevated terrorism threat European countries announced for the continent on the weekend.

Canada, the United States and Britain each issued separate alerts for their citizens travelling in Europe.

SHOOTER OF INSURGENT BOOTED FROM MILITARY

ANDREW DUFFY
Postmedia News

Robert Semrau and his wife, Amelie
JULIE OLIVER, POSTMEDIA NEWS
Robert Semrau and his wife, Amelie, arrive yesterday at the Asticou Centre in Gatineau, Que., for sentencing.
GATINEAU, Que. — Demoted and dismissed from the Canadian military for shooting a wounded Afghan insurgent, Robert Semrau now faces an uncertain future as a civilian.

Semrau, the first Canadian soldier ever to stand trial for a battlefield shooting, remained silent yesterday in the aftermath of his sentencing.

He has maintained a stoic, military bearing throughout his trial.

His lawyer, Capt. David Hodson, said Semrau was “very disappointed” with the sentence, which reduced his rank from captain to second-lieutenant and removed him from military service.

The reduction in rank carries a financial penalty.

“He’s a warrior.” Hodson told reporters “He loved to serve in the Canadian Forces and loved serving his country.”

Semrau’s valorous career as an infantry officer came to an ignoble end when Lt-Col. Jean Guy Perron said he no longer deserved to wear a Canadian uniform.

“You mode a decision that will cast a shadow on you for the rest of your life,” Perron, the military judge, told Semrau.

In deciding to shoot an unarmed insurgent, the judge said, Semrau ignored the laws that govern warfare and applied his own morality.