Canada is going to war with Iraq. Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced plans today to send CF-18 fighter jets for up to six months to air-strike Islamic extremists. Up to six CF-18s will join the US-led intervention. Canada will also send surveillance aircraft and refuelling tanks as part of the mission — which, until now, had only involved non-combat Canadian military advisors.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird put forward the motion to air-strike Iraq and possibly Syria. Part of the motion says,
(iii) accept that, unless confronted with strong and direct force, the threat ISIL poses to international peace and security, including to Canadian communities, will continue to grow;
This was the message we were given about Iraq in 2003, or Libya in 2011 and modern-day Syria.
Secular dictators like Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi, and Bashar Hafez al-Assad aren't wonderful people. But clearly the result of removing these leaders have been far worse than the leaders themselves. The official reason for removing these leaders were that they were – apparently – funding terrorist groups.
Like ISIS? The terrorist group the West funded to fight Assad?
If confronted with a strong and direct force, the ISIS threat will grow as this plays into their war propaganda. Every bomb confirms the message ISIS broadcasts to frustrated Muslims: The West is the Great Satan.
Unless confronted with strong facts and direct logic, the threat Western Democratic States pose to international peace and security, including to Canadian communities will continue to grow.
Keep an eye on PFT as we develop this story
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