Canada’s Mali mis­sion

National Post (National Edition) - - LETTERS - Jeff Spooner, Kin­burn, Ont.

Re: Mis­sion in Mali ‘changes noth­ing,’ Jan. 9

The re­fusal of the Lib­er­als to ex­tend the mis­sion in Mali as they have been asked, is strictly an elec­tion de­ci­sion. There was no wide­spread sup­port for any mis­sion, and after mak­ing a peace­keep­ing prom­ise the Lib­er­als dragged their heels on it, un­til fi­nally set­tling on Mali. Any peace­keep­ing mis­sion — al­though to be fair that term is re­ally not ap­pli­ca­ble any­more — car­ries risks that some of our sol­diers may end up as ca­su­al­ties. We have been for­tu­nate so far, and by stop­ping fly­ing in July, the Lib­er­als are gam­bling that our luck will hold, and they can go into the Oc­to­ber elec­tion with­out hav­ing to ex­plain deaths in Mali, on a mis­sion that achieved noth­ing.

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