March 30, 2015

Dear Toronto Star: There's no peace in the Middle East to keep

Marissa SemkiwArchive

The notion that Canada’s primary role abroad is to keep the peace is a child’s argument.

We saw this rhetoric from commentators like the Toronto Star’s Haroon Siddiqui, after Canadian troops were deployed to Afghanistan in 2002. We’re seeing it again today.

The Toronto Star’s Mitch Potter in a piece entitled, “Can Canada’s army return to peacekeeping?” recently wrote:

“Our army, once a leader in protecting civilians trapped by conflict, now is wired pretty much exclusively for war.”

He goes on to ask, should Canada answer the call by the United Nations to revive a bigger and faster international army of blue helmets to meet the challenges posed by Islamic State terrorists.

Apparently there’s a UN peacekeeping renaissance in the works – and Canada needs to be the leader.

There’s just one problem: there is no peace to keep in the Middle East.  The whole region is on fire.  Who would you keep the peace between?

But that's an unserious daydream about the primary role of Canada’s military.

Peacekeeping is not its primary role. It never has been. It never will be.


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commented 2015-05-11 09:17:23 -0400
If these so called Liberals want peace keepers, send in the police! After all is that not their job? Oh and they get paid like more then 2 times what a corporal gets paid. Our armed forces are the military! They don’t keep peace, they kill people that don’t want peace. It’s called war!!!!!! Better yet, let’s send in these people that want our military to keep the peace, I bet they would run and hide like a bunch of pushes they are.
commented 2015-04-01 05:24:01 -0400
Peter Neterville, well spoken. Aldo, one of the major distinguishing factors between and cbc is that the former doesn’t unnecessarily censor comments. Ted is clearly uninformed and I seriously doubt that he’s ever read a single book about either the Canadian military or the seemingly timeless conflict in the middle east. In that case, I highly recommend Whose War is it by J.L. Granatstein, or Shake Hands With the Devil.
For that matter, does no one remember Rwanda? How the UN and the entire world basically turned a blind eye to the mass Tutsi genocide perpetrated by Hutu rebels? If we forget our history, we’re doomed to repeat the same mistakes.
On that note, Granatstein’s other book Who Killed Canadian History is equally informative.
commented 2015-03-31 20:43:22 -0400
Perhaps we should give those liberals and NDP folk, blue helmets and send them over to stand between ISIS and the civilians being murdered. With Trudeau and Mulcair as the generals in charge.
And the Military can be what it has always been trained to fight wars.
commented 2015-03-31 17:53:11 -0400
The STAR is part of leftist howling mob and spews hate against the gov.
commented 2015-03-31 17:04:16 -0400
april 9, 1917….a very important date in canadian history..
commented 2015-03-31 15:43:42 -0400
You just have to remember that Canadian Peace Keeper with his hands handcuffed around a poll, totally humiliated by the Serbs to know that the Peace Keeping envisioned by Lester Pearson was from a bygone age when enemy combatants wore uniforms and were loyal to one country or government, not hooded thugs who melt into the population to hide after their acts of terror. Peace keeping in the Middle East? Please, give me a break
commented 2015-03-31 14:45:30 -0400
Amen brother, never again do I want to see our troops handcuffed by the UN. Try visiting any legion in Canada and ask anyone who has had to endure a stint with the UN
commented 2015-03-31 14:30:49 -0400
I believe we should send our “peacekeepers” in there alright. Then let them take care of business. Terrorists have been hiding behind the UN for decades, wouldn’t it be great to send our guys in with a blue helmet? Who’s kidding who. Our soldiers make short work of those ISIS “soldiers” if politicians would let them do what they’re trained to do. UN should all be shot as terrorists or sympathizers.
commented 2015-03-31 14:11:30 -0400
Stephen, they weren’t removed. Look again. ( Someone mentioned some moderation to remove such posts. I don’t think we really want to do that. It would make us like the rest of the censured media.)
commented 2015-03-31 13:34:29 -0400
“… an unserious daydream about the primary role of Canada’s military.”
The delusional Utopian ‘daydream’ neo-liberals happily ensconce themselves in 24/7 is readily discernible for what it is – by sane people!
I guess the anti-gun-nut crowd doesn’t realize – or care – how good a target that Blue Helmet makes for even the open sites of a Kalashnikov.
I’d like to revise that hippy/tree-hugger saying from the 70’s about problems and solutions…‘If you are not part of the solution you are the problem’!
commented 2015-03-31 13:25:57 -0400
What happened to Teds comments?
I probably will disagree with them, but it would be nice to read how the other side thinks, sounds like it will. Be a good laugh.
commented 2015-03-31 12:18:05 -0400
Years ago at a Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa, the Canadian Army Chaplain who was officiating hit the nail on the head. He acknowledged the presence of a group of vocal anti-war protestors by pointing out that, contrary to their claim that Remembrance Day glorified war, it was all about the sadness of war and irreplaceable loss. Then he followed that up with something that idealists, because of their innate cowardice, refuse to acknowledge: “There is little purpose in promoting the virtues of vegetarianism when the wolves around you are of a different opinion.”
commented 2015-03-31 09:48:51 -0400
We have people, including world leaders like British PM David Cameron and U.S. President Barrack Obama, still claiming that Islam is a religion of peace, much in line with Justin Trudeau’s thinking, who in the aftermath of the attack on Charlie Hebdo, described the perpetrators as representing “a perversion of Islam…distorted ideology and propaganda masquerading as religion”. Tell us, Ted Alden do you in agree with Obama and Trudeau?
commented 2015-03-31 09:46:13 -0400
Ted Alden, her Name is spelled Marissa, not Marrissa.

I noticed that all you did was insult her and everyone here but did not make an intelligent reasoned argument as to why you felt no one here understands the situation.

If you will notice, and I doubt you will, that the people who post here carry on conversations posting intelligent common sense arguments using facts and often posting links to support what they say and without the need for insulting our fellow posters and very little swearing. This is a self regulated board with responsible intelligent people.

If you disagree with us, please do post your reasoned and fact filled argument. And though no one here will stop you from posting your hate jabber, know that you will get verbally blasted by people that post thought provoking remarks. This site is a far cut above the trash posted and place like the CBC.
commented 2015-03-31 09:33:35 -0400
As always, Marissa, BANG ON. Thank you!
commented 2015-03-31 09:13:10 -0400
There is a whole lot of wishful thinking going one when the peace keeping argument comes up. We all wish that the murderous heathen hordes were churched and peaceful, but, alas, they are not. They are not only at our borders, but have agents and sympathizers among us. Thank God for our PM who knows this and is taking steps to deal with it. Trudeau and Mulcair are not equiped nor are they inclined to deal with it.
commented 2015-03-31 08:41:07 -0400
ABSOLUTELY!!! Great job. The left just doesnt get it.
commented 2015-03-31 08:17:18 -0400
Excellent commentary Marissa.
commented 2015-03-31 06:43:59 -0400
Back to the subject at hand. I like this vote. It seems to indicate a refreshing level of intelligence and situational awareness. The Canadian military has no business trying to be “peacekeepers”. Killing Islamofascists who threaten Canada’s national sovereignty and national security and smashing their jihad infrastructure and weapons of war is what the mission should be about. You can’t bring peace to those who scoff and consider even the effort to do so as a sign of civilizational weakness to be taken advantage of and mercilessly pounced upon to further spread their totalitarian ideology of war and hate.
commented 2015-03-31 06:28:38 -0400
Mitch, if you cared to look at reality, the Canadian army has always been “wired” for war. That is what an army is for.
commented 2015-03-31 06:28:31 -0400
Ezra, I do hope a system of comment moderation can be established fairly quickly so that noise like that emitted from one Ted Alden can be filtered out in favor of the higher quality signal coming from the others. We live in a country that respects and values free speech, but The Rebel is not a country. There is no need to tolerate snide leftist garbage that doesn’t even attempt to add anything meaningful to the discussion.
commented 2015-03-31 05:35:15 -0400
Ted Alden, the biggest troll on facebook made it’s way here. Wish I could block that libtard nutcase from here also.
commented 2015-03-31 05:12:32 -0400
Marrissa displays the same ignorance as does the majority of those posted here. She has no grasp of the Middle East nor ISIS, and it’s a good bet she’s never read a book nor studied the subject of the conflict to which Harper has just signed on to an extension to. What is most obvious is that none of you Rebel/Sun people ever appear on the news network panels, or with the pundits. Every other outfit can make it on, just not you guys. But then of course it’s the “media party” right. The news is from the press gallery, is that you people don’t want to go on these shows, and not that you’re all not invited, I guess the thought of being eviscerated on national television can be kind of scary hey? Ya see it is there that your thoughts and mouth are put to the test. And that if you want to rant, ya gotta a pay. So Marrissa, Brian and Ezra hid on the sidelines, with their pack of phoney thread groupies, sorely afraid to venture where the BIG BOYS are. Come out, come out where ever you are.
commented 2015-03-31 01:10:04 -0400
Toronto Star’s Mitch Potter: Mitch how much time have you spent in the Canadian Forces? Lots of commenters here, like myself have spent sometime in the Canadian Forces. Peace keeping is not the job of a soldier. That is the label that idiot politician’s put on soldiers who don’t understand what a soldiers job is. The Canadian soldiers deployed to UN peacekeeping got the major shaft over and over again, why? Because the war stops at 16:00 hours at the UN and the pansy ass politicians/bureaucrats go home leaving the boys and girls to fend on their own. Rules of engagement made up by the same people who don’t understand that having an empty mag in your weapon won’t keep YOU safe and on and on and on. I agree with Kelvin that that blue helmets and shove it up those bureaucrats asses, I won’t wear one.
Peace Keeps Mitch? You can put that where the sun shines also. Ruff
commented 2015-03-31 00:49:09 -0400
Oh Ya they can take their blue helmets and shove em where the sun don’t shine . I think the death toll of Canadian peacekeepers is well over 300 RIP
commented 2015-03-31 00:35:39 -0400
I remember in 1975 I was attached to the Canadian airborne in Cypress when some jerk started lobbing mortar shells at us frustrating cause we couldn’t fire back I saw one of my brothers take a piece of shrapnel through his mouth in one cheek and out the other. That’s the "peacekeepers " the bed wetting left want, an army of targets to stand there and do nothing. So at some point they won’t be embarrassed by the actions of real soldiers that shoot back and maybe piss on the odd Islamist carcass .
commented 2015-03-31 00:16:00 -0400
I guess Peacekeepers have their place, but if you send them up to our Artic to evict an equal number of Russian
soldiers , the Peacekeepers will come back in body bags. However if we sent our experienced Afgan soldiers,it would be a different outcome. It can be compared to Minor League Hockey vs the NHL.
commented 2015-03-31 00:11:41 -0400
Canada’s military has never been effective peacekeepers. However, our military has been exemplary PEACEMAKERS. There IS a difference, “Opposition” and Main Stream Media. Why did we do so poorly in Bosnia and Rwanda? (Besides having the UN tie our military’s hands?) And why was Canada so effective in Afghanistan? (We were bailing out the other coalition militaries.) Should we send in ground troops (which would likely be a mistake), they should be given a broad mandate, and then left alone to do their jobs — at which they excel.
commented 2015-03-31 00:11:04 -0400
Excellent commentary Marissa, keep up the good work. Canadian military as peacekeepers? I don’t think so. Our guys are not useful idiots like tom mulcair. Our guys in the Forces are peace makers with a very pointy end persuader. Get that thru your thick head mulcair.
commented 2015-03-30 23:47:15 -0400
I think Ezra should promote you to Rebel Commander.