Friday, October 03, 2014
Stephen Harper and the Slow Striptease to War
Well it's been a long slow striptease to war. A little tease here, a little tease there.
One moment it was the Americans inviting us to take part in their new Great War on Terror. The next moment it was Stephen Harper inviting himself.
One moment we had 69 soldiers in Iraq, and then they were only twenty-six.
But finally it seems Great Leader is ready for his close-up, and ready to reveal EVERYTHING.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper will tell Canadians on Friday how Canada will further contribute to a combat mission against Islamic jihadists in the Middle East, the Prime Minister's Office confirmed in a statement Thursday evening.
After keeping the opposition in the dark for more than a week for purely partisan reasons.
Hoping to create the impression from their protests that they aren't as determined as he is to stop the ISIS crazies from beheading us in our bedrooms.
Not Great Strong Leaders like HIMSELF...
And of course hoping to find any excuse to try to destroy Justin Trudeau.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is facing criticism for suggesting that Canada should consider a humanitarian mission in Iraq rather than “trying to whip out our CF-18s and show how big they are.”
As the PMO was doing yesterday.
The Prime Minister’s Office issued a terse statement of criticism shortly after the comment made the rounds on social media. “Mr. Trudeau’s comments are disrespectful of the Canadian Armed Forces and make light of a serious issue,” PMO spokesperson Jason MacDonald said in a statement to CTV News.
When in fact Trudeau's comment while maybe a little crude for public consumption, was not disrespectful, and it did not make light of a serious issue.
It summed up in language everybody can understand the choice we face:
Do we go for the feel good thing of bombing ISIS? Even though we would be a mere pin prick, and the U.S. could do the job without us. It's just using us for political cover.
Or could we make a more useful and Canadian contribution to the Great War Against ISIS, by helping its many desperate victims?
Like these terrified Syrian children who have just arrived in Turkey, whose government has been begging Canada to help them cope with the flood of refugees.
But then Trudeau's crude comment also perfectly sums up Stephen Harper himself.
Who has always used the military, whipped it out of his...um...pocket. And waved it around like a flag.
To make himself look like a Great Warrior Leader...
Or more like a tough guy instead of a nerdy wonk.
When sadly, that's Mission Impossible.
And as Jeffrey Simpson points out, he's now leading us into Mission Implausible.
Who are Western powers, including Canada, fighting? With what means? Are the means proportionate to the objectives? And what are those objectives, for what Prime Minister Stephen Harper has called a “necessary and noble” mission?
Leading us blindly into a seething cauldron of religious fanatics where we won't know from one day to another who exactly we're fighting. And the only sure things are that this latest Great War on Terror will suck us into its maw for YEARS.
Which is to say that no one in the bombing countries should assume anything but a campaign lasting many years, with very imprecise ambitions and shifting targets.
The campaign would require war in two countries simultaneously, political reconciliation of a kind not seen in either, unprecedented co-operation from and among outside players (Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States), and an understanding of the societies of those countries that the bombing countries do not possess.
And of course, that the longer we're involved in that war the greater the chance that Canada itself will become a terrorist target.
So much for Great Strong Leader...
How safe do YOU feel?
But then of course he's not in it for us, he's only in it for himself.
He's playing cheap politics with war.
And Justin was wrong about one thing.
He's not whipping a CF-18 out of his pants...
Like the mission itself, it's much much SMALLER...
As small and as depraved as the man himself.
And the good news?
The way Harper has handled the lead-up to this war has made his partisan motives only too obvious.
More Canadians will see through him, and hopefully understand what should have been apparent long ago. Whatever happens in the Great War on ISIS.
We will not be truly safe.
Until we defeat HIM...
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