From New York, Canadians learned that Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who had told Parliament that Canadian “advisors” would be in Iraq only until the end of the month, is considering sending more troops to Iraq. “The United States just recently has asked for some additional contribution and we are weighing our response to that,” Harper told an assembly of businessmen at the Goldman Sachs Tower in New York on September 24. “We haven’t ruled out anything. We are wanting to see this be successful and we want to be supportive as best we can.”
“There is a real threat against us,” Harper said later at a news conference on Parliament Hill on September 26 when reporters questioned his justification that it was at the request of the U.S. “This phenomenon is a direct threat to the security of this country,” he added in reference to the activities of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria.
U.S. President Barack Obama’s request for Canada to send more troops to Iraq came the same day the local council Vice-President of Iraq’s Saladin Province said that the United States is due to send 13,000 more soldiers to Iraq. The troops, along with their vehicles, would be stationed at the Speicher airfield in the city of Tikrit, located 140 kilometres northwest of Baghdad, the Iraqi official said.
This deployment is in addition to the 1,600 U.S. troops already sent to Iraq, most recently on September 10 when an additional 475 soldiers were deployed there. The U.S. and Canada claim that most of these soldiers serve as “advisors” to Iraqi and Kurdish forces or provide security for the U.S. embassy and the international airport in Baghdad. However, the air strikes in Iraq as well as Syria, belie the stated aim of destroying the positions of the ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
U.S. bombing of Syria
Protest in Los Angeles, March 21, 2014.
Coupled with the U.S. bombing of Iraq, the bombing of Syria started last week in complete violation of international law. The pretext is that it is necessary to destroy the bases of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS), which is in fact a creation of the United States and its allies in the first place, especially Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar. Their aim in establishing ISIS is to overthrow the regime of Bashar Al-Assad in Syria just as they managed to carry out “regime change” in Iraq in 2003 and Libya in 2011.
The U.S. government rejected Syrian government offers to cooperate with the United States in a joint military struggle against ISIS. To date the Syrian government has been the most effective military force against the so-called Islamic State, thus the U.S. rejection of cooperation would seem to confirm the accusation from many quarters that the real objective of the U.S. is to establish permanent military bases in Syria as well as Iraq so as to acquire their resources, protect Zionist Israel and better target Iran.
In a September 23 interview with Russia Today, Walid al-Moallem, Syria’s Deputy Prime Minister, and also its Foreign and Expatriates Minister, stressed that for the U.S. and its allies’ desire to combat terrorism to be taken seriously they must “immediately halt supporting, financing and training the terrorist organizations and to stop facilitating their flow into the Syrian territories through coordination with the Syrian state.”
The Harper dictatorship is once again seeking to involve Canada in a war of aggression. It is invoking false arguments to justify committing aggression and taking Canada to war, as it did in Afghanistan and Libya. Its agenda is to crush any prospect of people taking control of their destiny and it does the same in Canada. It is seeking support from Parliament for participation in this new adventure of the coalition of aggressors, and is trying to convince Canadians with media hysteria about terrorist threats here in Canada. It must not pass. Canada must not be allowed to participate in another war of aggression and regime change under the hoax of fighting terrorism. The position of the Canadian people is:
No to Canada’s Participation in War of Aggressions!
No to the Use of Force to Settle Conflicts Between Nations!
Canada Needs an Anti-War Government!