Canada joins up

Posted October 12, 2014 on 5:52 pm | In the category Canada, Iraq, Taxes | by Mackenzie Brothers

No doubt it was no big story out in the big world when Canada’s ruling conservative government – with both main opposition parties opposing – announced last week that they would seven jets to the Middle East, as well as small number of elite troops as advisors,  to join the US-led t multi-national attempt to stop ISIS from taking control of a large swath of the Middle East, murdering many thousands of civilians on their way. After all a number of other NATO countries had already done so, some middleweights – Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, along with Australia, and a number of smaller Middle East countries,- along with supposed NATO heavyweights like Germany, the UK and France, even Turkey, although its motives seem very complicated and unclear.

A number of these countries, including Canada, refused to join the US campaign in Iraq 15 years ago, and it seems certain that none of them regret that decision. So what has changed , since it’s also clear that, at least in Canada, a majority of the pubic support the decision to send in jets against ISIS in 2014?   It seems certain that the main difference is that, while  for many back then there was wide-spread skepticism (as it turned out completely justified) about US claims that the Iraqui government had devastating weapons that it was ready to employ, while there is no question at all about whether ISIS has tremendous military and monetary resources – much of it stolen from deserting opposition armies – and is capable of using it in the most brutal fashion. There is also a religious element this time – ISIS threatens and kills the remaining Christians and other minority religious and ethnic groups.  This time is also a domestic one – ISIS ha successfully recruited its killers in all the western countries involved in the coalition and has threatened violence against these same countries. Canada is in this one, whether it like it or not.

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  1. From war-weary U.S., a thank you to our friendly neighbors to the North. While it is aparent that this battle is one for the Middle East regimes to take on a larger share of responsibility, there is evidence that the forces of radical Islam need to be faced. The Turkey siutation has been especially interesting – even curious. President Erdogan had been playing an unpleasant game, using the ISIS threat as an excuse to bomb the Kurds whho were being attacked by ISIS and refusing to actively participate in the fight against ISIS. This changed abruptly after a phone call from Obama informing him that the U.S. was airdropping weapons to the Kurds in Syria. Erdogan subsequently agreed to support the Kurds in Syria – probably unhappily. Erdogan is a bit of a loose cannon in the region and an unsure NATO ally. Worth watching.

    Comment by jeff — October 22, 2014 #

  2. And so, perhaps Canada is today under a kind of internal attack and, again perhaps, suffering consequences of its participation against ISIS. We shall see. But clearly the battles are not all in the Middle East.

    Comment by jeff — October 22, 2014 #

  3. Canada has always been in the shadow of her big brother ( by her own choice ) . Eventhought Canada has a strong military heritage ( her national identity was forged at vimy ridge ), military history are bad words in Canada . Canada has been a long time member of NATO , but her populace always balks at the idea of military actions against a foreign power. Yes, diplomacy should be the first best course of action when resolving conflicts, but when military action is required a country’s citizens should support it’s men and women of their respective contries’ armed forces. They may not agree with their government’s choice (s), and that is their right , but at least the troops should be given ” the royal treatment “.

    Comment by Preacherbbb — November 8, 2014 #

  4. But times are changing and this time Prime Minister Harper’s decision to send fighter jets to Iraq has definitely improved his re-election chances. The two opposition parties that opposed his decision were reeling from public disaffection especially when terrorist attacks killed two Canadian soldiers in Canada and parliament was invaded by a fanatic intent on shooting anyone he could inside the Parliament. Poppy sales have gone through the roof and tomorrow’s Remembrance Day ceremonies are likely to be the largest ever.

    Comment by Doug Mackenzie — November 11, 2014 #

  5. That is all good and well, but when the euphoria of Canada’s new found patriotism wears off , she will go back to being blissfully ignorant.

    Comment by Preacherbbb — November 11, 2014 #

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