I was watchin' CTV NewsWorld when they had a clip of our top general in charge of Canadian operations in Afghanistan. Brigadier General Tim Grant said:
"This is an unfortunate accident."
At first, I thought maybe Grant misspoke and would correct his slip of the tongue. No. He reiterated the "unfortunate accident" phrase twice in the clip.
It's an accident when somebody falls off a ladder.
It's an accident when a tree blows down and squashes somebody.
It's an accident when a 3 year-old pisses his pants.
It ain't an accident when an enemy plants a bomb and blows up 3 soldiers.
How in the hell can something like that be called an accident? How can it be called an accident by the top general in charge of Canadian operations?
Most folks would define "accident" a lot like this:
- - a mishap; especially one causing injury or death
- - anything that happens by chance without an apparent cause (wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn)
When the enemy is successful in killing Canadian troops in exactly the manner that they plan, it is in no way an accident. This wasn't a mishap or something that happened without an apparent cause.
If the top commander doesn't know the difference between an unfortunate accident and a successful enemy operation that results in the death of three of those in his command, what sort of operation is Dennis O'Connor running?
(h/t - Dave at the Galloping Beaver)