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 2015-03-30 23:45:33 -0400
“Is this that difficult for the NDP and Liberals to figure out?”

No, it isn’t. But first they have to take off their “look for any possible way to stomp on Harper” boots, then they have to pull off their “anything Harper says is automatically wrong and anything we say is always right” cloak of pretend righteousness, then they have to pull off their “everything Harper does has a hidden agenda” tinfoil helmet of stupidity … … okay, never mind. Yes, it is that difficult for the NDP and Liberals to figure out.
commented 2015-03-30 23:44:16 -0400
The peace is kept with guns. Always has been.

Obama’s view versus Khomeni’s:
commented 2015-03-30 22:22:59 -0400
I’m all in favour of Canadian peacekeepers, which can work when all sides agree to a cease fire or peace and want the blue helmets to keep them separated and honest. Unfortunately, that is about as likely today in the middle east as . We have two choices, let them kill each other and turn a blind eye to what is going on (not the Canadian way), hoping all along that it does not come to our shores (already has), or we can single out the worst of the bunch that has the largest threat potential to western civilization and eliminate it.

Is this that difficult for the NDP and Liberals to figure out?
commented 2015-03-30 22:11:35 -0400
Well said Marissa! Sending blue helmets into the middle of a genocide will only make us complicit in the tragic results. Drop bombs, take out command and control, destroy large weapons and we can help minimize the atrocity. Simply delivering food and parkas to civilians, will only result in providing ISIS with food and parkas when they expand further into the next refugee camp.
commented 2015-03-30 21:48:22 -0400
Lovely thought for the Liberals and NDP , that they can keep their pinafores clean and still pretend to be doing something productive.
commented 2015-03-30 20:53:46 -0400
As I said in a previous post, Canada has way too many nincompoops. It’s not surprising that some of them write newspaper columns.
commented 2015-03-30 20:38:26 -0400
It is a little frustrating listening to media consortium spout what is being feed to them by opinionated people not the realities.