OTTAWA: Retired US Marine Fox Sinke not intimidated by death threats after marching on-guard at the National War Memorial in honour of fallen Cpl Nathan Cirillo
Retired U.S. Marine Fox Sinke has experienced fear for the first time.
The Seaway Valley resident and dual citizen travelled to Ottawa last Friday and marched for several hours at the National War Memorial, in honour of fallen Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.
His tribute was captured by a TV news crew to whom Sinke pledged “I’m paying tribute to him, as best I can. We are not intimidated. Take your best shot.”
He wasn’t shot at, but several calls were made to his home phone. Men’s voices, which he believes were speaking in Arabic, threatening his life.
“I don’t understand much, but I understand the words — I want to kill you,” he said.
Sinke may not be afraid of the threats, but he’s worried his actions have put his family in danger and he’s not about to take any risks.
“I have somehow managed to put my wife and kids in harm’s way,” he said. “Of all the firefights I’ve been in, I’ve never felt anything akin to fear. But this puts a fear in my heart that makes it hard to breathe.”
Sinke says he’s received about 300 friend requests on Facebook since his trip to Ottawa. He’s been encouraged to come back for the service on Remembrance Day.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Imam Imtiaz Ahmed said the news is troubling.
“It’s so sad and so unfortunate,” he said. “Islam does not teach this. It has nothing to do with the teachings of Islam.”
Sinke, a Vietnam veteran, has five purple hearts — he was wounded in battle five times. For this reason, he never married until he retired to Ontario. If he were still a single man, he’d be right back at the memorial in defiance of the threats.
“This is my damn country too,” he said. “I was so incensed at the cowardly, bloody back-stabbing murder. I thought I’d come up there and do my piece and nobody would care.”
Sinke left home at 4:30 a.m. in his big pickup truck and got to Ottawa by 6:30 a.m. He’s familiar with the city — having once been a member of the Ottawa Rough Riders.
“For about 30 seconds,” he said.
As concerned as he is about the threats, Sinke doesn’t plan to let it affect his life.
“Hell ya. I’ll go any goddamn where I want, it’s my country. These a**holes are not going to make me lie down.”