“The people can always be brought to the bidding of their leaders. All you have to do is tell them that they are in danger of being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.” - Hermann Goering
Canada's defence minister, Jason Kenney, said on Wednesday that the nation wouldn't be ruling out sending troops to join U.S. forces that are training in Ukraine. This comes as part of an extensive military initiative from several collective nations, not just Canada, that is aimed at fighting ISIS. This warning follows Obama's recent proposal to have 3 years of military action authorized to fight against ISIS as well. The U.S. has already spent more than 11 years fighting terrorists in the Middle East, but they suppose another 3 years will do the trick.
Specifically, with regard to sending troops to the Ukraine region, Kenney stated, "if there is consensus that we could play a role in terms of training, we would be open to doing so, but no decisions have been taken." What is not clear is how or when the Canadian leaders plan on evaluating the consensus among the citizenry in their eagerness to engage in any further conflict around the world. Kenney does insist that all options will remain on the table when it comes to the current tension between Ukraine and Russia. Meanwhile, Canadian forces are still involved in Iraq military conflicts and have been for quite some time, without any clear plan on when they will be retreating.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper also recently stated that he wasn't going to rule out sending lethal weapons into the ongoing Ukraine conflict as well. Harper seems determined to increase the nation's military presence worldwide, despite anyone condemning such a decision. Despite sanctions issued against the Russian economy, and help from neighboring nations to aid Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists and Putin have not been too eager to relinquish their hold on the area. A deal recently aimed at ending the fighting in eastern Ukraine has been agreed, following marathon talks in Belarus. The leaders of France, Russia, Ukraine, and Germany have announced that a ceasefire would begin on 15 February. Hopefully this is the start to a real solution between the two sides, as ceasefire agreements have been made previously and then not held-up later on. The new agreement also aims to have heavy weapons withdrawn from the front line. Regarding the new ceasefire, Putin had this to say, “There is also the political settlement. The first thing is constitutional reform that should take into consideration the legitimate rights of people who live in Donbass. There are also border issues. Finally there are a whole range of economic and humanitarian issues.” Also included in the deal is the withdrawal of all foreign militias from Ukrainian territory and the disarmament of any and all illegal groups.
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