10:30 a.m., Nov. 14)
Commentary: A difficult decision
By Fred Sherwin
nothing else the shocking attacks by Islamic State operatives
in Paris has upped the ante when it comes to the war on
combined with the bringing down of the Russian Metrojet
over the Sinai and the bombing of the Shia neighbourhood
in Beirut that killed 43 people last week, the highly
coordinated attacks in Paris represent a heightened level
in ISIS ability to take the fight to its enemies.
question that needs to be answered in the west is how
will we respond and to what degree.
president François Hollande has called the attacks
on that countrys capital city and its citizens an
act of war and that France will be pitiless
in its response.
Francis calls ISIS escalated campaign a piecemeal
Third World War.
international security experts are unanimous in their
criticism of the limited air strike campaign against ISIS
targets in Iraq and Syria which has done little or nothing
to degrade the organizations ability to carry out
attacks on the scale of what transpired in Paris.
war against ISIS will require a coordinated effort by
western countries that may very well include ground forces.
question that needs to be answered here in Canada is to
what degree should we participate in that coordinated
the election campaign, Justin Trudeau vowed to withdraw
Canadian forces from the air campaign. He has yet to carry
through with that promise and Canadian fighter jets are
still carrying out sorties against ISIS targets.
Paris attacks will make it even harder for Trudeau to
end Canadas commitment. The stakes are dramatically
higher now than they were when the Liberal government
was sworn in just two short weeks ago.
Canada maintains its participation in the current air
campaign, then we most certainly risk a terrorist attack
on our own soil. If we join in a potential ground campaign
then its a veritable certainty. If we pull out of
the air campaign, especially after what has transpired
in Paris, then we risk seriously damaging our relationship
with our closest allies.
a difficult situation that requires a well-thought out
response and an equally difficult decision. For starters,
Canada needs to reiterate in the strongest terms possible
that it stands firm with France, Britain and the United
States in the war against ISIS. We should keep our planes
in Iraq and provide whatever military support we can.
Whether or not that should include ground forces is a
debate for another day.
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