Mark Collins – Canadian Planes Bombing ISIS, Along With Belgians, Dutch and Danes–But We’re Plain Ignorant of Them

Here’s a post from October 2014:

Combating the Caliphate: What About Belgian, Dutch and Danish Fighter Jets?

And still today (emphases added in quote):


Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Iraq include the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Syria include the United States, Bahrain, Canada, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates…

Now watch this “debate”  between Members of Parliament on what should be Canada’s role against ISIS, military or otherwise, on CBC’s Power & Politics, June 24:

How should Canada fight ISIS?

MPs James Bezan [Conservative], Jack Harris [NDP]and Chrystia Freeland [Liberal] debate Justin Trudeau’s comments on ending the air campaign against ISIS

No surprise.  It’s all about us, us, us.  No-one shows the slightest awareness of, or interest in, the fact that the bloodthirsty Belgians, Dutch and Danes are doing just about what we are.  Which just might be useful as a point of international comparison (forget about the Aussies, we all know they are rude warriors, eh?).  Did you know of those other countries’ aerial bombing involvement?  Why do our media never, never, never refer to them?  Ah, the Canadian solipsistic bubble, the US aside.

Moreover the “debate” on the program is essentially without any honest consideration of the prospects for the overall campaign–if the word be warranted–against ISIS.  The opposition party participants do not deal with that fundamental question and neither does the Conservative.  Again it’s just us, us, us.

Key conclusion: The NDP and Liberals do not think the Canadian Forces should even try to kill the baddest of bad guys.  Which does raise the question of what they think our military are for if we are to be a serious member of the “international community” that some still profess to exist.  And the Conservatives for their part simply remain all politics all the time.

By the way, the CBC host for the program June 24, Terry Milewski, although very bright, much prefers being tendentious to drilling down–to use a horrible contemporary phrase–towards reality.

Bah. Humbug.

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds

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7 thoughts on “Mark Collins – Canadian Planes Bombing ISIS, Along With Belgians, Dutch and Danes–But We’re Plain Ignorant of Them”

  1. Don’t worry. The main UK press is exactly the same. Here they only mention the US and the Brits (emphasizing, of course, the meagre UK contribution) but zilch about any other forces being involved. We have the excuse, naturally, of insular mentality plus of course being distracted by other issues such as the migrant invasion, Grexit, the European referendum, Kim Kardashian’s bum etc etc etc ad nauseam!

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