ROBERT WRIGHT

Crisis, What Crisis?

More history, less hysteria

Canadian Sniper

Polls taken in the 2000s showed not only that Canadians preferred peacekeeping to war-making but that they were confused about what their soldiers were actually doing in Afghanistan and elsewhere.  A national debate about Canada as a warrior nation ensued, but the ambiguous talk—"Canada’s soldiers in Iraq don’t do combat"—persisted.  Yesterday we learned that a Canadian sniper took out an IS insurgent at 3,540 metres, shattering the world record for distance-to-a-confirmed-kill.  There's no ambiguity about that.  Just ask NDP leader Tom Mulcair.  From London to Washington, Canada's steely-eyed snipers are the toast of our allies.