Have you heard of Mali? I think I’m pretty smart, but I’d have trouble finding it on a map.
It's in Africa. A Sahara desert kind of place. One of the worst places in the world.
Their per capita income is $874. 90% of the population is Muslim.
There's sharia law in parts of it. Plus "terrorism and banditry," according to the latest Government of Canada travel advisory. And a tribal civil war.
There are 200 countries in the world, and Mali is one of the furthest away from us, geographically, culturally, linguistically, economically, strategically, socially.
We have no interests there, other than to stay away.
But on Friday, after the close of business, when politicians and the media had gone home the Liberals leaked the news:
Justin Trudeau is sending up to 250 Canadian troops to Mali, "possibly for a one-year deployment.”
They call it "peacekeeping," but is no peace to keep. It's the next Islamic State, or at least the Muslim rebels want it to be. In the last few years, 162 UN peacekeepers have been killed there, making it by far the deadliest UN peacekeeping mission around.
That’s as large as the death toll Canada paid in the war in Afghanistan.
When we were in a tough, hot war in Iraq, to fight ISIS, Trudeau abandoned that — even though, when I was in Iraq, Pershmerga generals told me that the western air forces made all the difference. And they specifically mentioned that they knew that Canada abandoned the mission right before the final push to drive out ISIS.
Whereas Mali is not worth a single Canadian soldier’s life.
This mission is just virtue signaling by Justin Trudeau:
"The Canadian military’s upcoming foray into Mali is expected to include a marked female presence as the Trudeau government looks to have Canada lead by example in the push to have more women on peacekeeping missions.”
When the body-bags start coming home, Trudeau wants to be able to say there’s 50-50 equality, because it’s 2018, or something like that.
He’s about to send 250 women and men into the deadliest peacekeeping mission in the world, where there is no peace to keep, where Canada has no interest whatsoever, and all to make a feminist point...
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