The Canadian military has embarked on a wide-ranging plan to turn its reserve soldiers into focused units trained and equipped to respond to a nightmarish array of domestic threats, including terrorist “dirty bomb” attacks, biological agent containment, Arctic catastrophes and natural disasters.
The creation of seven units within each region of the country — including unusual all-terrain vehicle (ATV) squadrons and perimeter security teams to cordon areas of potential devastation — prepares reserve soldiers for operations on the “domestic front” while freeing regular force soldiers to concentrate on foreign battlefields.
The remodeling of the reserves will see the development of specialist units in four of the military’s regional divisions — Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario and the West. The units will include perimeter security teams prepared to cordon off an area if there was an atomic detonation, nuclear accident or similar source of wide contamination and “Arctic response” groups that are trained and equipped to live and operate in the far north.
“There is a recognition, certainly within the military and we have heard the government say, that domestic security is the number one priority. A number of these conclusions come from the post-9/11 world we live in,” said Brigadier-General Jean Collin, commander of the army in Ontario, during an exclusive interview with the National Post.
“We are training to establish a perimeter. Do I see a scenario when we might be obliged to keep people in? Probably. You need to be trained to be able to make sure that you don’t become a casualty in the process of doing that security.”
So let me get this straight: A country who has ostensibly been the world’s bully for the last 50 years gets attacked and now our country who has never been an aggressor in any situation has to create a super defense grid because of possible ‘future scenarios’? I’m not sure I follow the logic on this one. 8 years after 9/11 we’re doing this now? Is our government really this slow, or have we pissed off the wrong people and now we’re scrambling to get things in place before we’re hit? It feels very out of place this late in the game.
The other thing I don’t get is this whole ‘domestic containment’ thing. If there were nuclear attacks, why wouldn’t the troops be preparing for evacuations instead of containment. Or is more like we’ll evacuate you to an internment camp and contain you there?
This whole thing sounds really sketchy…