Sunday, July 09, 2006

Another Canadian Hero Sacrifices Life for Freedom and Democracy


A young reservist from Thunder Bay, Ont., has been killed in battle in Afghanistan, a day after Islamic Taliban militants wounded two other Canadians in the same area west of Kandahar City.
Cpl. Anthony Joseph Boneca, a 21-year-old from Thunder Bay, Ont., was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan and serving with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. (DND)
The international and Afghan forces have been battling since Friday night in the southern area, considered to be a hotbed of Taliban activity over the past few months.
Brig.-Gen. David Fraser, Canada's top soldier in Afghanistan, called Boneca's death a tragic loss. But Fraser said it wouldn't deter Canada's 2,300 soldiers from continuing their mission. They're part of the U.S.-led international forces that have been trying to stabilize Afghanistan since the Taliban government was ousted after the al-Qaeda attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.
Boneca's uncle, William Babe, said his nephew was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan and serving with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.

SEMPER FI, Civilized world honors the ultimate sacrifice of this young man in the global war against Islamic fundamentalism, for he gave his life for our security, freedom, and democracy ... something liberals refuse to acknowledge