The Canadian commander of Canada’s largest airbase has been imprisoned for life after the rape-murders of two women and 82 incidents of “fetish break-and-enters” in which he dressed up in stolen women’s undergarments.
The officer, Col. Russ Williams, received a medal for service in Afghanistan. Canadian media speculated that the cause of his sexual rampage was too much prednisone, not his time in Afghanistan or the military.
Only months after the imprisoning of Col. Williams, the top commander of Canada’s troops in Afghanistan, Brig.-Gen. Daniel Menard, was forced from his Kandahar post for prohibited sexual relations with a top member of his staff. Weeks earlier, he paid a fine for misfiring a rifle at his Kandahar base. Menard had been named the leader of NATO forces in the Kandahar offensive, which might explain its delay and other difficulties.
Hearing the news, a soldier of junior rank reportedly shook his head in disgust and said, “First Col. Williams and now Gen. Menard. What is the public to think?” [Montreal Gazette, May 31]