Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Playing with the big boys  

I haven't written anything about the Harper Cons enthusiastic support for Canada's participation in Son Of Iraqi Freedom Part Deux because I haven't really known where I stand on this.
I can't say I have thought it through still, but two things struck me today.
First, Michael Den Tandt explains why Harper wants Canadian fighter jets to participate
The PM told the House of Commons Friday – and there is no reason to disbelieve him – that he made the decision to deploy warplanes knowing that doing so is politically difficult, particularly in an election year. He also acknowledged, laudably in terms of simple frankness, what appears to be his main rationale. “If Canada wants to keep its voice in the world – and we should, since so many of our challenges are global – being a free rider means you are not taken seriously.”
In other words, we're not throwing our marbles into the ring because the Harper Cons think our participation will actually make a difference in a fight against an awful enemy, but rather just so the rest of the guys on our side will still be our pals.
At least this time the goal of the whole exercise is clear -- to degrade and destroy ISIS.  If Obama has his way, western armies won't be an occupying force, handing out money and Viagra to warlords, sending soldiers out on meaningless and dangerous patrols, running prisons.
But if we're participating in a potential quagmire without any actual sense of mission ourselves, except to show everybody that we have jets too, then I wonder how Canadians will feel when we have more hearses to salute on the Highway of Heroes.
And that brings me to my second observation, about Trudeau's supposedly juvenile and much-criticized comparison of our CF-18s to big swinging dicks.
If Canada is flying combat missions only because we are trying to impress the big boys, then maybe we actually are just participating in a dick-measuring contest.

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Maybe, all war is political, but, when the live CNN reports start flowing and FOX runs with the story of thousands of girls being tagged with a number then sold as sex slaves do you honestly think the average Canadian will "dig" into the reasons why we are there helping?
Canadians want to vote for the LPC in this next election, the moderate right is set and ready to leave Mr Harper..good economy or not, why align yourself with the pacifist party?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:15 am  

Yes, I can see your point, but I think Harper should define an actual mission for Canada against ISIS, rather than just trying to get respect from allies.

By Blogger Cathie from Canada, at 2:40 pm  

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