Thisnewspaper didn’t seem to understand the severity of world events a century ago if we read its coverage of the onset of World War One. Life was going on as it was, for the region it would a period of some prosperity; Stanstead was still the Horse Whip Capital of the Commonwealth and high command still believed that cavalry meant men on horses, not men in tanks. Today, apart from the tombstones, we do not see how a war would bring prosperity to our region.
But we are not at war, only engaging so called terror groups in the Middle-East, said group having been called a mere nuisance without traction and ‘real’ following last summer. Less than two hundred days ago, not a whole year.
In plainer language, what this means is that Canada has soldiers fighting ISIL. The L, the interesting part, is for Levant; look it up,
it’s not just Syria.
Who, as we all know, is led by the nastiest of butchers, Bashar al-Assad. Enough said. That he is a doctor, speaks a couple of languages, that women’s rights in Syria were on top in the Arab world, that minorities were well treated, even the remaining Jews, that Sunni and Shiites co-existed in peace with Christians, is not to be spoken about. He is the bad guy. Enough said.
So, as was the case of the other nasty guy, who more or less had achieved an internal equilibrium in his fractious country, he must be hanged. After a fair trial. Which Saddam Hussein got in Iraq, as we all know.
That Arab leaders are not exactly great democrats or have a strange view of what we consider democracy to be is not to be discussed. Still, the Americans and President Harper’s® government seems to have a rare care of blindness when it comes to the region. Saudi Arabia, where two women arrested for driving were sent to the anti-terrorist court in December. Let’s forget about the humane way that Raif Badawi is to receive his one thousand lashes, already the benevolent government of Saudi Arabia has postponed last week’s installment of fifty lashes for ‘medical reasons’. No wonder that our Foreign Affairs minister will meet with representatives of that progressive Muslim country in the next few weeks. Did we write that the Saudis along with the Quataris have spent billions upon billions over the last decades to promote Islam fundamentalism? Their kind, not the bad ones promoted by the Iranians or their proxies, Hezbollah topping the list. Said terrorist group now fighting ISIL. Don’t even try to make sense of any of this.
As was the case in 1914, where the killing of an archduke led the world to… well, to today, the first firing of guns by Canadian troops is not a good omen. We believe that Parliament should further discuss our role there.