Canada is looking to send peacekeepers to Haiti when Brazil, currently leading the UN force, ends their mission in October. Is this a good idea?
Is this the best use of our military or is it a worse foreign incursion into a sovereign state than what we’ve seen in places like Iraq?
Trudeau and the Liberals want to change Canada's image and return to the imagined good old days of peacekeeping missions some fondly remember, as opposed to the image of war mongering Harper Conservatives some have convinced us of.
But, there’s good reason to question that image of peacekeepers to see if it does, can or ever did exist anywhere but in our imaginations.
Looking at the facts of peacekeeping missions, does this seem like a peacekeeping operation or more like colonial nation building many on the left complain of?
Peacekeeping today is more dangerous than just having some lightly armed blue berets walk the line between Turks and Greeks in Cyprus.
In Haiti, UN troops aren’t keeping the peace between warring factions in a civil war but protecting the government from an army coup and dealing with violent gangs in the streets. The UN has been training Haitian police for 12 years, providing a security force of more than 6,000 soldiers to protect the government and they still need more protection?
I'm not against Canada taking a greater role by sending our soldiers places where there is peace to keep but what’s the point in sending our soldiers as a private security force of the Haitian government? Twelve years is long enough.
Prime Minister Trudeau should say no to Canadian involvement in this mission.