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Officer becomes the first female Canadian combat soldier killed in Afghanistan"

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Yes, it is sad. I have a nephew over there right now and every death announced makes me cringe. This one is no exception. There is a great story about Capt. Goddard over on ctv.ca by a journalist who was embedded with her unit.
Here.
thank you
May I wish your nephew the best of luck over there...?
Thanks.
She is--I believe--the first Canadian female ever killed in a combat role.
You're right.

It's been all over the news here in Canada.

What a sad occasion, though EVERY death in combat is a sad one.
First since WWII.

Godspeed.
The women in WWll were in combat roles, but weren't combat soldiers.
Yes. But not all of them came home, and whether they had the title or not, they were doing the job, if you know what I mean.
I have a pretty good idea of what you mean and I agree with it.
There's a fine writeup on Captain Nichola Kathleen Sarah Goddard here (from the Hamilton Spectator).

...As an aside, it is rather different reading an account of a military life and death from a country that is not questioning the morality of the war that it's in. Oh, how we have fallen.
More a matter of questioning the quality of political leadership and its goals -- stated or not -- than the mission itself. Although from where I'm sitting in east Ottawa, we're questioning both quite vigourously and thoroughly.

I'll note from my history studies, though, that even the most worthy of missions over the decades have been subject to such skepticism. Take our role in World War II for instance...