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(Posted 10:30 a.m., Nov. 14)
Commentary: A difficult decision

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

If nothing else the shocking attacks by Islamic State operatives in Paris has upped the ante when it comes to the war on terrorism.

When 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.

The question that needs to be answered in the west is how will we respond and to what degree.

French president François Hollande has called the attacks on that country’s capital city and its citizens an “act of war” and that France will be “pitiless” in its response.

Pope Francis calls ISIS’ escalated campaign a “piecemeal” Third World War.

Most 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 organization’s ability to carry out attacks on the scale of what transpired in Paris.

The war against ISIS will require a coordinated effort by western countries that may very well include ground forces.

The question that needs to be answered here in Canada is to what degree should we participate in that coordinated effort.

During 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.

The Paris attacks will make it even harder for Trudeau to end Canada’s commitment. The stakes are dramatically higher now than they were when the Liberal government was sworn in just two short weeks ago.

If 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 it’s 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.

It’s 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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