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SLOBODIAN: Soulless ‘incompetent’ responsible for abandoned service dogs in Afghanistan

The only thing left to do is pray these precious dogs die quickly.




Whoever gave the final order to leave dozens of contracted working service dogs behind in cages at Kabul airport cannot possibly have a soul.

This vile human, some useless military brass or an incompetent in the Biden administration, cannot be allowed to hide behind anonymity after pronouncing a certain agonizing death sentence on these dogs.

Expose and mercilessly, relentlessly shame this black heart. Fervently pray that whoever it is, and all who nodded in agreement, will come to be haunted for the rest of their wretched lives by what they did every time they see a dog on the street, TV, anywhere.

These beautiful, faithful creatures alerted soldiers to explosives and IEDs (improvised explosive devices) buried in the ground, saving countless lives.

They were companions that offered a sense of normalcy and affection to lonely, traumatized soldiers far away from home and family, trying to survive the ever-present physical danger and mental torment of the hellhole they were sent to.

The dogs obediently endured the heat, the dust, the deafening blasts of gunfire and explosions.

A pat on the head, a “good boy,” and a chest to rest their weary heads on was enough of a reward.

And they were simply left behind.

It’s hard to even think of the anguish the soldiers, already forced to follow orders of a depraved fool who calls himself president, felt when their planes took off without their dogs, knowing what would happen to them.

As if being ordered to succumb to the orders of Taliban barbarians, leaving behind Americans, Afghans who helped them, $83 Billion in U.S. military equipment, and their blood and sweat and tears in the dirt wasn’t enough.

If they’re lucky, the dogs will perish from starvation and thirst in the brutal heat.

More likely, expect to soon see videos of the jubilant Taliban beating and methodically torturing the dogs, simply left as helpless prey trapped in the cages and at their mercy.

The Taliban will take immense, depraved joy in both the acts of torture, and tormenting U.S. soldiers and Americans by showing them the suffering of the dogs and the depth of their brutality which makes them feel manly – much like beating, executing people, and raping children does.

The Taliban thinks dogs are filth and puts generous bounties on dogs. They’ve always viewed the capture of service dogs used by foreign troops as a great coup and an opportunity to unleash demonic rage.

The American Humane Society pleaded for the dogs to be loaded on available cargo space.

“These brave dogs do the same dangerous, lifesaving work as our military working dogs, and deserve a far better fate than the one to which they have been condemned,” said Robin Ganzert, CEO of the Humane Society.

“It sickens us to sit idly by and watch these brave dogs who valiantly served our country be put to death or worse.”

Anybody remember Brin? He was a stray, a brown mongrel who attached himself to British troops and learned to protect them from IEDs. The Royal Gurkha Rifles adopted him.
The Taliban captured him in 2010 and bragged about beating him almost to death, breaking his nose and ribs.

He wasn’t the only dog they captured and tortured. But he was one of the few saved when the Afghan National Army conducted a raid to successfully rescue him after he was held captive for a couple of months.

Chances of mounting a rescue operation to rescue the dogs left behind in Kabul are non-existent.

An anonymous Defense Department spokesman said the U.S. military did not leave any dogs in cages at Kabul airport. The Military Working Dog Team Support Association posted a message on Facebook Tuesday saying working dogs were abandoned at the airport, but they weren’t U.S. military dogs.

President Joe Biden refused to carry on rescue efforts and left countless American behind. So why would that wretched man care about a few dozen dogs?

Canadians were left behind too as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prances along the campaign trail.

When those videos of American dogs at the hands of the Taliban surface – and they will – to sicken and haunt us, do you think the disgraceful Women and Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef will still affectionately refer to the Taliban as “our brothers?”

Who knows? The deaths of 158 Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan at the hands of the Taliban didn’t appear to move her.

There’s no helping the dogs now. The Taliban took control of the airport when the last military flight left Monday.

The only thing left to do is pray these precious dogs die quickly.

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard

Linda Slobodian is the Manitoba Senior Columnist for the Western Standard. She has been an investigative columnist with the Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun, Edmonton Sun, and Alberta Report. lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Ron Condly

    September 6, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    Tamara I to heard reports from the Pentagon that all military service dogs where evacuated and none left behind. It confused me until I read the post from the President of the USA Humane Society which supports what Ms. Slobodian reported. These were working dogs employed by Contractors who supported a variety of western agencies in Afghanistan. It is common to hear what seems like conflicting statements come out when you have dynamic situations like this perpetrated by incompetent political leadership such as Biden. Here is a link to Dr. Robin Ganzert President of American Humane https://www.americanhumane.org/press-release/american-humane-condemns-death-sentence-delivered-to-contract-working-dogs-left-behind-in-kabul-afghanistan/

    I have found over the years the Leadership and Writers of Western Standard to be very dependable in their journalism and opinion pieces. I would encourage you to be open to researching a little more before move away from the benefits of this excellent news site.

  2. Ron Condly

    September 6, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    Tamara, I as well heard the report

  3. patricia rose bowman

    September 4, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Can we organize a charter plane to evacuate the dogs. I will take one. Just saying.

  4. Norman Wiebe

    September 2, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    It’s a war zone, and people are dying. I feel for these dogs, but you can’t place a greater importance on their lives than the lives of people.

  5. Tamara Dedrick

    September 1, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    I am deleting your post as it has been confirmed that no service dogs were left behind. Please check your facts. Disappointed as I usually post your articles. Now I am hesitant.

  6. Left Coast

    September 1, 2021 at 11:12 am

    Riddle me this folks . . . .

    1/2 Million Automatic Weapons left for the Tallywags, factor in the 10s of thousands that were ferried out. Now we know that those with green cards & documents were blocked & the Tallywags sent their own into the Airport to “Colonize” the West.

    Factor in the Wide Open Southern US Border . . . where Aliens from over 100 countries have been caught. Biden’s calamity is going to haunt the West for the next decade or more.

    The Tallywags now have 84 BILLION in military equipment. 200 aircraft . . . way better equipped than Canada’s Military today!

  7. Donald KEVIN Lafayette

    September 1, 2021 at 10:32 am

    It’s a cult. When Marx, is more important than women. When The Sacred Narrative, is more important than #MeToo. When animal rights, just don’t matter at all. When you can check your watch, and Cindy Sheehan has not been seen in public for 13 years, …

  8. westofsask@hotmail.com

    September 1, 2021 at 7:58 am

    This is why I have no respect or forgiveness for anyone who says they are just following orders!

  9. Joujanj

    August 31, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    This is heart wrenching.

  10. Left Coast

    August 31, 2021 at 10:45 am

    This makes me sick . . .

    This is what happens folks when you elect Abject Morons to run your Country into the Ground. The problems are just beginning as 1000s of Tallyban sympathizers are being imported into Canada & the USA. And what can you say about the 1/2 Million automatic weapons and military ordinance are soon on the black market.

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Canada-Europe take action over COVID variant Omicron

“Emergence of Omicron, a new variant of concern reinforces the need for caution,” said Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam.




With the discovery of a new COVID-19 variant of concern (VOC) named Omicron in South Africa, the Canadian government is taking steps to limit the risk to Canadians.

Travellers arriving from countries of concern within the last 14 days will be required to quarantine pending negative COVID-19 tests. Countries of concern include South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini.

On Friday, Canada’s Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said the federal government will impose five measures in an effort to limit its spread in Canada.

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam took to Twitter on Saturday to share her concerns over the VOC.

“Emergence of Omicron, a new variant of concern reinforces the need for caution,” wrote Tam.

The WHO has labelled Omicron as a variant of concern due to its high number of mutations and reports that early evidence suggests it could be more infectious than other variants.

Meanwhile, during a news conference on Saturday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK will take “targeted and precautionary measures” after two people tested positive for the Omicron variant.

One case was identified in Brentwood, a town in southeastern England while the other case was located in the central city of Nottingham. Both individuals are linked and had travelled from southern Africa. The two individuals are self-isolating along with their households and authorities are working on contact tracing.

Johnson confirmed travellers arriving in England will be required to take a PCR test and self-isolate until a negative test result is provided. Those that test positive for the new variant will have to self-isolate, along with any of their close contacts, for 10 days regardless of vaccine status.

He also said masks will be required in shops and other public spaces and indicated they will “boost the booster campaign.”

“Right now this is the responsible course of action to slow down the seeding and the spread of this new variant and to maximize our defences,” said Johnson.

Johnson said the new rules will be reviewed in three weeks when scientists know more about the variant.

On Friday, the British government added Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe to the country’s travel red list. By Saturday, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia were also added to the list.

Other countries are adding restrictions on travellers coming from various southern African countries including the US, Japan, Brazil, and Australia while cases have also been reported in Belgium, Israel and Hong Kong.

Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and the Czech Republic have also reported suspected cases related to travellers arriving from South Africa.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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Road closures as British Columbians brace for more rain

Closures will impact Highway 1, Highway 3 and Highway 99 on Saturday.




As BC braces for additional rain, the government has ‘proactively’ closed a number of highways for travel.

“We are actively responding, monitoring and assessing the many highway closures due to flooding and will continue to do so as we work with local and emergency service partners,” said the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

“Safety is our top priority while we deal with a rapidly changing and difficult situation.”

Closures will impact Highway 1, Highway 3 and Highway 99 on Saturday. The ministry said the time and duration of the closures will be weather-dependent.

“The highway infrastructure in these areas is extremely vulnerable following recent storms, and more heavy rain in the forecast poses an additional risk,” said the ministry in a press release.

“The closures of these three highways will be re-evaluated on Sunday morning, with the highways reopened when it is safe to do so.”

The release said Highway 1 will be closed between Popkum and Hope on Saturday afternoon as BC Hydro plans a reservoir release, “crucial to protect the Jones Lake Reservoir, which is also being affected by the heavy rains.”

The release explains the reservoir release will discharge water towards areas of Highway 1 that were affected during the November 14 storm.  

“This additional flow – combined with the increased precipitation and already high stream flows – poses a risk of impact to Highway 1 in the Laidlaw area.”

The ministry is bracing for further damage to Highway 1 in this area and said the reopening time cannot be determined at this stage but will be assessed by crews “when it is safe to do so.”

Highway 7 between Mission and Hope remains open with travel restrictions in place. Essential purposes for travel are defined in the travel restrictions order through the Emergency Program Act

Weather statements are in effect for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, Squamish to Whistler and the Sunshine Coast into next week. Storms are expected to bring more rain which has resulted in high streamflow advisories for all regions of the coast by the River Forecast Centre.

Ongoing road and travel updates are available on the ministry’s website.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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Bill to aid jurors traumatized by testimony up for vote … again

Bill C-206 would amend a 1972 secrecy law to permit jurors to disclose confidential details of deliberations for the purpose of “medical or psychiatric treatment or any therapy or counselling.”




For the third time in three years, legislators will attempt to pass an aid bill for jurors traumatized by graphic testimony in criminal courts.

“When we ask citizens to be a juror we don’t ask them to be a victim,” said Quebec Senator and bill sponsor Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu.

“There is no excuse not to adopt that bill.” 

Bill C-206 would amend a 1972 secrecy law to permit jurors to disclose confidential details of deliberations for the purpose of “medical or psychiatric treatment or any therapy or counselling,” said Blacklock’s Reporter.

Two identical bills, S-207 and C-417, lapsed in the last two Parliaments.

“That kind of bill should be a government bill, not a private bill,” said Boisvenu.

“I don’t think it’s a matter of private interest. It’s a matter of national interest.”

In 2017, the Commons justice committee recommended the Criminal Code amendment after hearing testimony from former jurors who said they quit jobs, suffered marriage breakdown and were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after being compelled to watch crime scene videos and hear testimony from coroners.

“Everyone’s mental health matters,” Ontario Senator Lucie Moncion said Thursday.

“Yet from a legal point of view, jurors are part of a special category of people who are denied complete health care. The secrecy rule prohibits a juror from disclosing information related to deliberations to anyone including a health care professional. This needs to change.”

Moncion was a juror in a 1989 murder trial and said the experience left her with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

“They show you the whole autopsy,” said Moncion.

“It was very difficult. This is still very difficult for me.”

Alberta Conservative MP Michael Cooper, a member of the 2017 Commons justice committee that recommended reforms, said delays were inexcusable.

“It should have been a no-brainer for the government to have brought this bill forward,” said Cooper indicating the bill has been “studied thoroughly.”

“There have literally been no arguments tendered against this piece of legislation.”

Cooper, in 2019, sponsored a similar bill – C-417 – that lapsed. MPs at the time noted U.S. jurors were free to discuss their experience with friends, family, psychiatrists or media.

“In the United States once a trial is over jurors are generally free to discuss the events of the trial and jury deliberations unless a specific court order bars them from doing so,” said Ontario Liberal MP Arif Virani, then-parliamentary secretary for justice.

“What that means is that jurors in the United States can talk with nearly anyone about juror deliberations including a talk show host on national television or across the Internet. This approach, which offers limited protection for juror privacy, is significantly different from the Canadian model.”

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