March 24, 2015

Harper makes it official: Bomb ISIS in Syria

Brian LilleyArchive

Prime Minister Stephen Harper called Tuesday for Canada's military role in the Middle East to be expanded.

Saying that ISIL has been pushed back but not defeated, Harper called on the House of Commons to support an expansion of Canada’s military role, including the bombing of targets inside Syria.

“The government recognizes that ISIL's power base, indeed the so-called caliphate's capital, is in Syria,” Harper said.

While Canada and the coalition partners have made progress, Harper told the House of Commons that ISIL was finding safe haven in Syria.

“ISIL's fighters and much of its heavier equipment are moving freely across the Iraqi border into Syria for better protection in part against our air strikes. In our view, ISIL must cease to have any safe haven in Syria,” Harper said.

But while Harper called for an expansion of the mission he made it plain that Canada is not looking to support the Assad regime in its fight to retain power in Syria.

“Let me also be clear that in expanding our air strikes into Syria, the government has now decided we will not seek the express consent of the Syrian government,” Harper said. “Instead we will work closely with our American and other allies who have already been carrying out such operations against ISIL over Syria in recent months.”

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair replied in his own speech that he cannot support a mission that does not have the support of the United Nations. He then accused Harper of giving support to Assad.

“It is especially disturbing to see the Prime Minister now openly considering an alliance of sorts with the brutal dictator and war criminal, Bashar al-Assad,” Mulcair said.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau also said his party cannot support the mission extension.

“The Conservatives have no exit strategy beyond an illusory end date set for next March, Trudeau said.

“Involvement in direct combat in this war does not serve Canada's interests, nor will it provide a constructive solution to the catastrophic humanitarian crisis in this region.”

Debate on the motion to extend the mission officially begins on Thursday. There is no constitutional requirement for the Commons to approve troop deployments and little doubt the extension will pass with a majority of Conservative MPs supporting it.

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commented 2015-10-03 00:03:16 -0400
This policy of our PM is enough to make me vote him in again. On “Good Morning America” today, an Obama supporter said she refrains from considering ISIL to be Islamic. yet, it is very much Islamic, as Mr Harper knows and states. Their Koran calls for the slaughter of all non-Muslims. These extremist groups must be eliminated, period. Max Webster is right. Just follow up on the post by Floare Pwtrescu below. It’s true. The Koran is a devilish book, Islam is a devil cult. The are inside our country right now, festering and biding their time. It will be too late when the knife is at your throat.
commented 2015-05-24 02:19:17 -0400
ERNST: When it comes to our troops, Canada has always taken sides and never sat on the sidelines. We are fighting ISIS because it’s the right thing to do. We didn’t join Bush’s war in Iraq because it was the wrong thing to do. The only country that sits on the sidelines is Switzerland, who are officially neutral. Travel overseas and you’ll find Canada is very well respected by other nations for just this reason. Canada stands up and fights for what’s right, but isn’t afraid to choose not to go into something if it isn’t justified.
commented 2015-05-17 19:31:09 -0400
In the past Canada had the respect and admiration of the world for its efforts in
peacekeeping, for being a fair brokers during difficult negotiations. We did not take sides. By
helping to bring peaceful solutions to difficult international problems, we made the world a
better place. We helped to save lives, reduced misery and saved money. We had many
Today we are involved in controversial wars. We take part in bombings and when it comes to
negotiations we are no longer impartial. The result is that Canada is losing the respect it
once had. We have fewer friends and more enemies. As a result of that we need more security
to protect our citizens. This increased protection is costing us millions. I just wish Canada
would go back to being impartial to strive for peace, so we can regain the respect and the
security Canada once enjoyed.
On top of that we are wasting billions of dollars on military adventures; just think
Afghanistan, Libya etc. What has been achieved? The money could have been used to pay
for health care, education, to reduce the deficit and the tax burden for the ordinary
commented 2015-03-25 15:20:56 -0400
William Wiser, I have absolutely no problem with people who don’t agree with my beliefs. EVERYBODY believes they’re right! You believe that you’re right! If you didn’t believe you were right, you wouldn’t believe what you believe; you’d believe something else, and then you’d believe THAT was right! Having an open, enquiring mind doesn’t mean that you don’t believe that you’re right; it means that you’re always open to the possibility that you might be wrong! I’m ALWAYS open to that possibility. If someone can present a more sound logical argument for a position contrary to the one I hold, I will change. But it has to be an argument based on logic and evidence, not emotion. My problem isn’t with people who take a contrary view to mine, it’s with people who make statements that are logically inconsistent. And yes, William Wiser, I do believe that the religion that I believe is right; That’s why I believe it. Note that I didn’t say that I KNOW it’s right, I said I BELIEVE it’s right. Just like you believe that YOU’RE right. If I said I KNOW it’s right, you might have an argument, but my statement was one of belief, not knowledge, so you accusation self-destructs, just like that of free thinker.
commented 2015-03-25 10:27:01 -0400
Bomb the shit out of them , and while were at it give Commie Tommy and TURDeau a few slaps in the head.
commented 2015-03-25 04:44:22 -0400
Maurice Potvin, let me guess, out of all the thousands of religions that exist, and all with the same level of evidence or lack thereof, the only one which is true is the one that you happen to believe in right? And you have the audacity to call out freethinker for “knowing everything”. What a laugh.
commented 2015-03-25 04:37:51 -0400
True North, if you were such a liberty loving individual you’d be promoting Ron Paul’s views on issues like this and not the views of Bush, Obama and Harper.
commented 2015-03-24 22:00:41 -0400
Hey, freethinker, I’m definitely not going down this rabbit trail with you again. I’ll just say this one thing and be done with it! There is only one way that you could possible know for a fact that all religions are false; You’d have to know EVERYTHING!!! If you knew EVERYTHING, you would if fact be GOD!!! The very one who’s existence you DENY!! Your statement SELF-DESTRUCTS. Nuff said! I’m moving on to other topics.
commented 2015-03-24 21:37:16 -0400
Well put True North!
commented 2015-03-24 21:23:15 -0400
The William Wisers of the 1930’s stood on the tarmac and cheered as Chamberlain declared ‘peace in our time.’ They stood beside Mussolini when he guaranteed not to invade Ethiopia. They cheered when F.D.R. kept the U.S. out of the war for two long years while England stood alone. One thing you can count on is the Wisers of this world choosing to bow and scrape and back down and ultimately pay a much bloodier price than would have been paid had we stood like men and fought them on the beaches as free, liberty loving people.
commented 2015-03-24 21:15:38 -0400
Isis is the result of Islamist religious fanatics. Basing their jihab on the literal version of their holy scriptures, the koran. They plan to kill all non-believers. Glad to hear their home base in Syria is now a target for Canadian bombers. This whole issue though, requires a much larger solution. All of humanity needs to wake up and realize that God is a man-made concept with no actual basis in reality. Religions of all types, Islam, Christianity, or any of the over 3 thousand other religions (which all have their own gods and rules) are all operating on the basis of belief in the supernatural (of which there has never been any actual document / scientifically proven evidence). Historically, religions are very different from each other, and are regionally based. This is not what you would expect from a single all powerful entity who is claimed to be omni present, omni powerful, omni everything… ancient humans may have been suckered into believing this crap but modern humans have no excuse to be so gullible.
commented 2015-03-24 20:42:04 -0400
I don’t have much to add. I think Judy and Floare Petrescu said it all quite well, so, thanks you two. William Wiser, you’re living in a fool’s paradise, but it won’t be a paradise much longer; Especially if people like you have their way
commented 2015-03-24 20:36:44 -0400
commented 2015-03-24 16:06:02 -0400
Death cult theology – Islam

Anyone who teaches and promotes this evil should be regarded as a potential terrorist and should be locked up.

1. “Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them.” Koran2:191
“Make war on the infidels(non believers of
Islam) living in your neighborhood.” Koran 9:123
“When opportunity arises, kill the
infidels(non believers of Islam) wherever you catch them.” Koran 9:5
• Qur’an:9:123 “Fight the unbelievers around you, and let them find
harshness in you.
“Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable.” Koran3:85
“The Jews and the Christians are perverts;
fight them.”… Koran 9:30

“Maim and crucify the infidels if they
criticize Islam” Koran 5:33
“Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire,
hooked iron rods, boiling water; melt their skin and bellies.” Koran 22:19
“The unbelievers are stupid; urge the Muslims
to fight them.” Koran 8:65
“Muslims must not take the infidels(non
believers of Islam) as friends.” Koran 3:28
“Terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures
other than the Qur’an.” Koran 8:12
“Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorize
the infidels(non believers of Islam).” Koran 8:60)

*As the Muslims are allowed to lie to infidels(non Muslims) about
anything, especially about Islam. There are two doctrines taught in the Koran
which promote lying. One is called al taqiyya (to lie to protect one’s self
from persecution, emotional harm or physical harm, real or perceived) and
kitman (to spread misinformation – especially to benefit Islam and to aid its
This outlines the true Muslim agenda: lie when it is convenient, kill when lying fails.
  • A Muslim apostate (one who leaves the faith) must be killed. (Koran chapter 9, verse 12)
    2. Qur’an 2:193 says; “Fight them until there is no more
    Al Fitnah (‘Al Fitnah’ meant Jews and Christians at the time, but in today’s
    context the word means all religious followers including Buddhists&Hindus)
    and religion is only for Allah. And Qur’an 9:5 says; “Fight and kill the
    disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in
    wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war.”

Referring to Hadith, Ishaq:324 says; “Fight them so that there is no more
rebellion, and religion, all of it, is for Allah only. Allah must not have
rivals.” And Ishaq:587 says; “Our onslaught will not be a weak faltering
affair. We shall fight as long as we live. We will fight until you turn to
Islam, humbly seeking refuge. We will fight not caring whom we meet. We will
fight whether we destroy ancient holdings or newly gotten gains. We have
mutilated every opponent. We have driven them violently before us at the
command of Allah and Islam. We will fight until our religion is established.
And we will plunder them, for they must suffer disgrace.”
commented 2015-03-24 16:05:11 -0400
No mercy on Islam.
Very good.

ISIS is 100% Islamic. Don’t believe me? Read the Qur’an and study the criminal life of Mohammad and his followers.
commented 2015-03-24 15:59:13 -0400
Wave the white flag to whom? The last time I checked we weren’t being invaded and I’m more likely to die from a moose then a muslim. I would fully support attacking a grave and legitimate enemy but Harper is going overboard with the fear mongering. Did you ever notice how Canada never really had a “terrorist” problem until Harper became Prime Minister?
commented 2015-03-24 15:40:54 -0400
And what do you propose William Wiser. Wave the white flag?
commented 2015-03-24 15:37:38 -0400
NDP ‘Leader’ Tom Mulcair is waiting for direction from the UN? You mean that organization which had one of its agencies, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), allow Hamas to use its facilities to launch and hide rockets during the 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict?
commented 2015-03-24 15:26:37 -0400
Trudeau and Mulcair are in way over their heads when it comes to deal with the realities that demand action in our World. I am so proud in having a Prime Minister who knows what is required to do when a crisis surfaces. Those two other clowns just don’t have a clue on what needs to be done. Thank you Mr. Harper for looking after us!
commented 2015-03-24 15:18:08 -0400
A reasonable decision by our PM and I agree with it…….
commented 2015-03-24 14:42:56 -0400
Trudeau is an ignorant fool, but within a short time he will changes his mind. Or rather, his handlers will impress upon him that he is taking a losing stand in this. Mulcair on the other hand is an arrogant fool, and unlike Trudeau, he will not change his stand. Both need to be reminded of the support they are giving ISIS, and this reminder will come during the next election.
commented 2015-03-24 14:41:22 -0400
Harper’s a war monger plain and simple. This is the same man who championed the 2003 Iraq invasion. He was in the house of commons proclaiming how it was imperative for Canada to join that fight, similar to what he’s saying now regarding Syria. Thankfully he was not Prime Minister at the time or Canada would have been involved in that fiasco as well.
commented 2015-03-24 14:38:54 -0400
Often times doing the right thing means doing the unpopular thing. I also may not agree with Harper on everything, but I’m 100% behind our government on this ISIS, or ISIL, issue. Bomb them into oblivion!
commented 2015-03-24 14:36:54 -0400
“… nor will it provide a constructive solution to the catastrophic humanitarian crisis in this region” – Which Humanitarian Crisis is Trudeau talking about?
A) Women and Girls as young as 9 being taken to be rape slaves?
B) Slaughter of innocents by ISIL?
C) Depriving ISIL of their autonomy to carry our heinous acts at will?
Knowing Trudeau loves Sharia, he is probably against C).
commented 2015-03-24 14:35:49 -0400
Good for Harper. As I recall, this porous Syrian-Iraq border is the same one that in 2003 allowed mobile labs to transport WMD to Syria where Assad and/or the IS precursors used them on civilians. WMD include chemical and biological agents like the mustard gas that has been used in Syria and against the Kurds in the current war.

The opinion that matters is neither Mulcair’s nor Trudeau’s but that of the Canadian voters, come this October. Go flog your candidate. We must win.
commented 2015-03-24 14:32:05 -0400
Mulcair hides behind the UN line as usual, but the truth is that his party has not supported any mission of the Canadian military at any time, regardless of UN sanction or otherwise. He is an Hamas sympathizer and does not stand up for Canadian values.
commented 2015-03-24 14:22:18 -0400
The UN is one of the most disgusting organizations to ever exist and Canada should not be a part of it The sooner the un falls, and it will, the better for all. Even though I do not agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Harper, I do believe he is the only person qualified to lead this country. Mulcair and turdeau are dangerous whining lightweights who would inflict untold damage on this country if either is elected to the PM office.
Warren Wade, you are absolutely correct in your comments.
commented 2015-03-24 14:10:45 -0400
Canada is allied with The U.S.A. and Britain plus other regional nieghbours BUT this is what I want to know WHO is planing the targets WHO is picking the targets I surely hope it’s not Obama, he has not made a right decision since he begame president. Let’s hope Harper lets our Canadian generals and planers pick the targets, I don’t trust this president after all he witheld air support in the battle for Tirik.
As for the United Nations this bunch of do nothings are still debating the 1949 founding of Isreal. It’s about time we (Canada) say thanks for the memories and leave and give the millions $ back to Canadians.
Enlightened Conservative