May 21, 2015

Expert: NDP defence critic's view of ISIS "extremely naive and delusional"

Marissa SemkiwArchive

Even CBC's Evan Solomon seemed shocked when NDP Defence Critic Jack Harris blamed coalition attacks on ISIS for the ongoing conflict, rather than the enemy itself.

Professor Tony Costa of the University of Toronto told me that Harris's remarks were "extremely naive and delusional and demonstrate an abysmal ignorance of the role of ISIS."

The Islamist worldview doesn't compromise and is incompatible with democracy, Dr. Costa explained. It doesn't matter what the West does, even if our intentions are good.

For example, Obama's withdrawal from Iraq was the major reason ISIS appeared on the world scene.

See what Dr. Costa believes is the key to defeating ISIS, at least in the short term.


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commented 2015-05-24 15:15:17 -0400
That is why most Libs and NDP must never be in positions of authority. It’s scary how feasible that one of them could into such positions and harm Canadian interests and security to no end. God help us.
commented 2015-05-23 18:09:24 -0400
“After reading the comments I believe you people are a greater threat to Canada than ISIS.” Well David. You are certainly entitled to your opinion. It is a free country after all. Facts please. Otherwise what has been done is just a smear. Lefties are known for that. Is that what is going on here?
commented 2015-05-23 17:54:32 -0400
Just checking to see how you all are doing. No change same old, same old .After reading the comments I believe you people are a greater threat to Canada than ISIS.
commented 2015-05-22 15:10:16 -0400
how many on the left actually listen to what is said by these ndp “critics”…oh i forgot to them it doesnt matter in the least ..
commented 2015-05-22 10:59:40 -0400
Oh, and BTW
islam is the curse of the Earth!
commented 2015-05-22 10:56:36 -0400
The ONLY way to save Canada in October is to VOTE CONSERVATIVE!
Even if you HATE Stephen Harper,
He and the Conservatives are CANADA’S ONLY CHANCE!
And quite possibly…

Harper has steered Canada on a steady path since the economic collapse,
not all of it is rosy but take a look at the rest of the world…
still trying to catch their balance.

DEATH IS TO CANADA If either the lieberal or dippers get the reigns of power…
with the policies and mindset of these progressives,
both would do immense and irreparable damage
to our once beloved and proud country…

commented 2015-05-22 09:04:34 -0400
NDP Defence Critic Jack Harris is simply an example of how naive many Canadians are to the ways of the world. Having grown up under and in an entitled lifestyle they judge everything they see and hear on the way they were raised – not the way an isl@mic in the mid east was raised

Making them ripe for the pickings should violence come to Canada

And, inevitably it will – simply because of people like him./
commented 2015-05-21 17:57:00 -0400
Wackadoodle NDP talking points aside,
I’ve watched this video twice now and what the professor is saying (in a very polite and subtle way) is – kill them all. And keep on killing them. In perpetuity. It matters not how we got here but that we ARE … here. It’s them or us (the rest of the world). It’s no different than exterminating cockroaches or cutting out cancer. I think most reasonable people understand this. The rest are in denial.
commented 2015-05-21 16:25:39 -0400
Guy Fraser – that is like agreeing with terrorist Malik who says an attack on all Canadians is justified because we all pay taxes that buy the planes that bomb Muslims.

Not all NDP Party members had a say in appointing Harris. Nowhere near most even. Come on.

And you might want to listen to what Harris said after the edit at the end of piece. Context is everything.

I do not support NDP. Don’t get me wrong. But NDP ideology has a lot more in common with Conservative ideology than it does with Liberal ideology, especially under Trudeau. I’d prefer Conservatives not damn them all to hell. Some are swing voters, remember.

Like Ezra said, I’d rather Mulcair than Trudeau. The best is another Harper majority. But we need to not alienate the swing voters by condemning them all as stupid and so on.
commented 2015-05-21 15:33:54 -0400
I was under the impression that stupidity was a required qualification for all members of the NDP. As for Obama, did he make wrong decisions or were his moves intentional?
commented 2015-05-21 14:24:13 -0400
Joan – The NDP picked Harris to be the face for the NDP on this issue, so his position can be considered the predominant position of the NDP. Since his position is worse than a that of a coward or just of being delusional it is appropriate to consider the NDP to predominantly STUPID! Please note I did NOT say ALL!
As for Ralph, he has always been STUPID and is making good progress at becoming more STUPID every day. The failures in training have little to do with the bombing campaign. It doesn’t matter how many people are helping to train pet rocks, they will never learn to shake a paw! If the Liberals predominantly think they know better, then they should go over their, with their NDP pals and resolve the issue directly.
commented 2015-05-21 14:01:52 -0400
Delusional NDP and Terrorist coddling Lieberals. God help us if these two manage to grab power in October!
commented 2015-05-21 13:51:24 -0400
Another academic view Ramadi was and is a set back. It is a set back just like if you had lost your house to fire.
Obama’s strategy is a failure he has had no foreign experience. We all know what has to be done with Isis KILL THEM!! They are the scourge on humanity send them to hell.
The old saying “we have to fight them there or we will be fighting here” IT’S TOO LATE THE’RE HERE.. Now that Isis has taken Palmyra are we to witness the destruction of that ruin? What is the United Nation going to do TALK, talk, talk. What is the rest of the wold going to do watch it happen. You are dealing with a sub human people and nothing will be done until we realise it. Throughout history the Muslim Islamic cult has been at war with the civilized western people We have been the victims of Islam. They have been at war with us since the 7th century it time to fight back.
commented 2015-05-21 12:50:06 -0400
The whole debate is worth watching:

MP Bezan didn’t do any better than Harris in explaining how the new tactic of using Iranian shia forces to fight ISIS is a good idea. The Iranian shia forces are flying the Hezbollah flag.

Goodale just said training needs to be better, that bombing isn’t working because the war needs to be taken to the ground where Iraqi forces recently fled and ceded ground.

The Iraqi forces are made mostly of folks not invested in Ramadi who fight only for the paycheque. They aren’t motivated.

I agree with Pipes’ view that the best solution would be to better arm and cover Kurdish troops that are motivated for their own interests and that are willing allies of the west.

But sadly Obama’s government is running the show and seems more invested in promoting the interests of Iran in the region than those of our allies. Harris’s view is in lock step with Obama’s.
commented 2015-05-21 12:25:44 -0400
I agree that we need to destroy the Caliphate, but we also need to confront Islamic theology, which calls for warfare against and subjugation of unbelievers. If we don’t confront this doctrine now, another Caliphate will spring up in the future and the cycle will continue.
commented 2015-05-21 12:20:26 -0400
Rick and Jamie – Name-calling is unproductive. Just as generalizing to all NDP is bigoted. Why not just call the view Harris expresses cowardly or delusional? Why defame every living NDP?

We get more with honey than with vinegar and the Conservatives stand to both win seats from and lose seats to the NDP among swing voters of both parties.

Jamie, I thought you wanted to bring Harper down by promoting the Libertarian Party. You know, split the right so Harper gets only a minority and the left can defeat us with a coalition.
commented 2015-05-21 12:13:27 -0400
Rick, the Tommy Douglas NDP roots are in Methodist Christianity, of course. The NDP is like all parties in that their membership is diverse. There are still lots of Christians in NDP.

As there are lots of atheists in the Conservative Party of Canada.

But I am glad too that Harper’s gang is currently in power.
commented 2015-05-21 11:56:59 -0400
I appreciate Professor Tony Costa’s comments here, and I agree ever so much with them. But he is listed incorrectly as a professor at the University of Toronto. This is incorrect. He is a professor at the Toronto Baptist Seminary, and is a Baptist pastor in Toronto, as shown here:
— David Murrell, Fredericton, NB
commented 2015-05-21 11:29:53 -0400
I go along with VLAD JOHNSON; this is not a matter of naiveté or cowardice, but, rather, all part of the cultural Marxists “long march through the institutions”. I find this explanation helpful to make sense of statements made by people like NDP Defence Critic Jack Harris: The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
commented 2015-05-21 10:27:52 -0400
Jamie, you make a good point. I have noticed that we stopped using the word “coward” many years ago. It’s not a coincidence.

When you stand for everything, you stand for nothing. That’s a place where cowards can feel safe.
commented 2015-05-21 09:54:59 -0400
Amazing how so many of the “smart people” fail to realize that the communists/socialists/marxists/liberals want NO freedom of speech and NO religion. And this is why the communists/socialists/marxists/liberals are partnering with islamic terrorists.

The NDP is protecting their partners and they are islamic terrorists.

This is just another example of how the communists/socialists/marxists/liberals are using islam terrorists as pawns to drive No free speech, No religion goals.

The communists/socialists/marxists/liberals use islam to drive out Christianity and Judaism. Once these two are gone, islam (the weakest) will be wiped out next. The “shame industry” is already in full flight to end “freedom of speech”.

Remember the communists/socialists/marxists/liberals are happy to drive this agenda for decades or even centuries until they get what they want.
commented 2015-05-21 09:54:47 -0400
I’m all for calling it what it is. It isn’t naivete, it’s plain old yellow cowardice.

It is cowardice that prevents them from calling it what it is: unimaginable evil; the cowardice to confront. It is the yellow-to-the-core kind of cowardice that shakes them so much that they give it other names and hide behind excuses – instead of coming to the aid of the helpless fellow humans. That folks, is our NDP. And that folks, is Justin Trudeau’s world too.

It is high time that Harper and Co. start pointing that out.
commented 2015-05-21 09:22:23 -0400
I am praying that our PM Harper is reelected with a majority later this year. If the NDP ever get close to running this country, it will be into the ground! The same will happen under pretty tot, and his Marxist cling-ons. If the general public can’t see through the lies and deceptions that are taking place in this country, we are doomed. I agree, Harris is a foolish nobody!
commented 2015-05-21 09:14:44 -0400
Good interview. As I have said for years: “What do you think you have to say that would matter one iota to someone who talks to God?” The NDP don’t get that because, like most left wing dipsticks, their world view grows from an egoism that is so profound it will not admit contrary facts.

We will win when we develop the will to fight. We will develop the will to fight when we have leaders who can remember who we are. At the moment, Harper is one of the very few world leaders with the right stuff.
commented 2015-05-21 08:38:04 -0400
Placing the blame of the ISIS war on us because of the Coalition attacking ISIS is about as naive as a person can be.

NDP Harris is a naive fool.
commented 2015-05-21 08:27:03 -0400
nuke ’em!