What do you do with a drunken soldier?
Two Canadian soldiers were convicted and fined in Cyprus last March for hitting on a man's wife and then hitting the man when he objected. Allegedly, there was also some spitting. Gross.
Typical of the military, Canadian Forces spokeswoman Lieut. Isabelle Riche refused to give details or name names when the story broke, but was quite willing to misrepresent the truth as to the extent of this sort of out-of-control behaviour in Cyprus. From the National Post:
"What I can tell you is that our CF (Canadian Forces) members are highly trained professionals who are respectful and grateful for the opportunity to be in Cyprus for a short stay before returning to their families in Canada," she said.
Since last year, more than 2,200 Canadian soldiers have gone through Cyprus for the program.
Lieut. Riche stressed that this was a rare occurrence.
"Despite the number of military personnel who have visited Cyprus, there have been no similar incidents reported to the authorities involving the public in Cyprus," she said.
Oh, really? Odd then that the Vancouver Sun would not only names the names but also report this:
Local police said the bar brawl is the latest in a string of incidents involving Canadian soldiers over the past few weeks.
And lo and behold, we have another Canadian soldier arrested today for threatening a Cypriot taxi driver with a knife!
I was immediately curious to know why our troops would not be as anxious to go straight home as their families must certainly want them to. But apparently, Cyprus is being used as a "decompression" chamber.