WAR: The complete opposition
by RimaAlha on April 29, 2015 - 2:47pm
In the article “As wars go, Syria is pretty safe for Harper — so far”, L. Ian MacDonald is doing an interesting analysis of the conflict between the Canadian political parties about whether or not to expand the mission in Iraq to Syria. Stephen Harper, who wants to extend Canada’s military campaign against the Islamic State, affronts well his test so far. He is courteous with his opponents (NPD and Liberals) and does not intend to send on-the-ground military advisers into Syria. Indeed, this would be too much for Canadians to accept, too dangerous. By focusing on air attacks, pilots are less in danger and the public is less reminded of all the deaths that occurred in Afghanistan during 12 years – the length of the Canadian mission. Also, Harper did not take the permission of the Syrian government to enter in its air space: he dissociates himself from a man who killed over 200 000 people in various horrible ways. Even if Harper took his precautions by working in the airs, sending Canadians there is simply too risky (Damascus and ISIS are both threats).
On the other side, the NPD and Liberals proposed to give humanitarian aid only, but Harper declared that both can be done at once, “military action and humanitarian aid”. Tom Mulcair from the NPD is completely opposed to this war and promised that Canadian troops would be able to go home if his party forms government. He repeated that it is “a war that is not ours”. However, Muclair asked the right question when talking about the exact plan of our prime minister. In the end, L. Ian MacDonald reminds us of what happened in Afghanistan to our troops and how it is primordial to learn from the past. We would hate to repeat the same mistakes.
Personally, as I explained in previous posts, I do not agree with the government’s decision to enter in war with ISIS, especially for the sake of Syrians. If we look at the issue with a more political Canadian point of view let’s say, I would be in agreement with myself. Canada is not a country that needs war: it is a peaceful one. As the NPD leader said, this war is not ours and we are not targeting the good organization. Canadians now look like allies of Damascus since they are ignoring its cruel actions against Syrians. Sending humanitarian aid is one of the best thing we do, we should do more of it and less of the military stuff. Also, as the author said, we should learn from what happened in Afghanistan or we would be doing the same mistakes, which is not really smart.
In this issue, new power, which implies mass participation of all usually aided by Internet, can help. Whatever is your opinion (pro or against war), an open and transparent conversation can be created through different networks and lead to change. If lots of people participate, they can change the public's view and the government's decision.