Opposition parties were asleep at the wheel as Canada voted to become the second nation to bomb ISIS in Syria
Five months and $122 million later, Canada’s conservative government is set to extend and expand its war on the Islamic State without a clear end goal. Just another date that can be extended again and again. Now, Canada’s war on ISIS is heading toward uncharted and immoral territory.
The House of Commons voted 142-129 in favor of extending and expanding the ISIS mission which will see Canada become the only country other than the United States to bomb ISIS in Syria. The Conservative majority voted in favor while the opposition parties all voted against it.
Prime Minister Harper, always quick to dish out the fear, described the new mission parameters as the “minimum” necessary for dealing with “a threat that is very real for this country.” To follow the Bush doctrine of saying that if we don’t kill them there, they’ll kill us here is nonsense.
Harper of course neglected to mention that the only successful “terrorist” attack on Canadian soil occurred because Harper decided to bomb ISIS in the first place. When you tickle the hive, you tend to get stung.
I say this not just to rant, but to point out the Conservative Party’s rational for expanding the bombing campaign to Syria; self-defense. Harper is using the same logic that Bush used to invade Iraq, to bomb ISIS everywhere. And he has no choice. It is illegal to attack a sovereign nation unless it’s in self-defense or has permission from the ruling government (Assad has not given permission).
Let’s understand the entire situation here. Canada will be spending hundreds of millions of dollars to drop bombs (with potential civilian casualties) on the Islamic State who is fighting Syrian Dictator Bashar al-Assad whose crimes against humanity are something ISIS can only dream. And we are doing it to protect ourselves… There’s a reason no other western country has taken things this far, it’s called LOGIC!
The Canadian attacks inside Syria will make a chaotic situation even more deadly for innocent civilians in a place that has seen over 200,000 casualties already. What good is going to come from it? Well, what good has come from America’s “war on terror” which has left a conservative 1.3 million people dead in just three countries; Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan?
The only thing that’s clear is that Prime Minister Stephen Harper is content on playing follow the leader, follow the American leader to be precise. And so are Canadians, support for the ISIS mission is over 60% thanks to all the fear mongering. At least Quebec isn’t buying it.
Canadians will only be safe when we start tending to our own affairs and stop meddling in the civil war that has been gripping the world’s second largest religion. It isn’t our fight and never was.
Now, what really bothered me about the extension and expansion was the vote itself. Yes, the Tories have a majority and no one could have stopped them, but as Canadian General Rick Hillier pointed out, 32 Members of Parliament didn’t even bother to show up to vote.
You would think a vote on bombing a foreign nation would be important enough for MPs to do their job, or at least show up for work. Here’s the real kicker, of those 32 Members of Parliament, 19 were Conservative, 4 were Liberal, 5 were NDP and 4 were independent. All the independents lean left.
If the left of center parties and independents had all voted on this most important of issues, it would have forced the whole Conservative Party to show up in support or it could have given Harper a serious black eye.
Let that be a lesson kids, always vote. Don’t do what your leaders do… and go to war without real purpose.