Sunday, October 5, 2014

A prime minister's decision to go to war

David Akin reminds us:
A Canadian prime minister determines that the activities of terrorists operating in a Muslim nation far from Canada’s shores is such a threat to Canada’s security, that he dispatches Canadian Forces on a combat mission. There is no debate or discussion in Parliament let alone a vote. There seems not to have even been a full cabinet discussion before the prime minister makes his decision. Simply a request from an American president.
That was all it took for Jean Chr├ętien to to begin what would become Canada’s decade-long war against terrorism in Afghanistan. ...
I've heard it said that Jean Chretien is supplying Justin Trudeau with backroom advice.  Could that be true?


Jen said...

First of all, the opposition parties made it clear that they do want to go to war to help foreign allies eliminate the forces of evil of ISIS that brutalizes and beheads the innocents with a knife. Therefore, a debate is a waste of time.
None of us in Canada or in any country- no matter how democratic and free it may be, is free of terrorist attacks.

Jen said...

secondly, in regards to the Iraq war when Jean Chretien said 'that Canada was not going to 'War in Iraq' apparently it was untrue as reported:

Canada’s secret war in Iraq

On March 25, 2003, during the “shock and awe” bombardment of Iraq, then US Ambassador to Canada Paul Cellucci admitted that “… ironically, Canadian naval vessels, aircraft and personnel… will supply more support to this war in Iraq indirectly… than most of those 46 countries that are fully supporting our efforts there.”

Cellucci merely scratched the surface of Canada’s initial “support” for the Iraq War, but he had let the cat out of the bag. As then Secretary of State Colin Powell had explained a week earlier, “We now have a coalition of the willing… who have publicly said they could be included in such a listing…. And there are 15 other nations, who, for one reason or another, do not wish to be publicly named but will be supporting the coalition.”

Canada was, and still is, the leading member of this secret group, which we could perhaps call CW-HUSH, the “Coalition of the Willing to Help but Unwilling to be Seen Helping.” The plan worked. Most Canadians still proudly believe that their government refused to join the Iraq War. Nothing could be further from the truth. Here are some of the ways in which we joined the fray:

Read on

Anonymous said...

Harper sent 26 guys to Iraq and 13 to the Ukraine. It's an embarrassing response. If Harper is serious he should send a Division with 6,000 guys.