(April 2) – The mantra of the Harper government is that “the international jihadist movement has declared war on Canada.” This is repeated time and time again, in relation to its expanded military operations, its new anti-terrorism legislation, and even during a cabinet minister’s speech on health care.
It is coupled with the corrolary that long-term military presence in the Middle East is a matter of Canada’s national security, and that Canada must not “stand on the sidelines” while “our allies” are involved in aggression.
This mantra to justify the violation of sovereignty is repeated despite the utter chaos caused as a result of the nation-wrecking in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.
No attention whatosever is paid as to why non-interferfence in the affairs of sovereign nations is a principle of international law.
When Prime Minister Harper first proposed the mission in the House of Commons on October 3, 2014 he insisted, “We will strike ISIL where and only where Canada has the clear support of the government of that country. At present this is only true in Iraq. If it were to become the case in Syria, then we will participate in air strikes against ISIL in that country also.”
On March 18 Harper instead said “The current authorization laid open the possibility of going to Syria although we have not done that,” and made no mention of requiring the authorization of the legitimate authorities.
When Canada’s plan to begin bombing in Syria was announced March 24 Harper stated that the government would “not seek the express consent of the Syrian government.” Canada will be the only other NATO country besides the U.S. bombing inside Syria.
Canada closed the Syrian embassy in Ottawa and expelled its diplomats in May 2012, thereby denying Syrians in Canada the right to vote in their country’s elections as well as access to various services. The government of Syria has stated previously that it does not accept violation of its sovereignty such as U.S. and Canadian bombing under any pretext.
The motion notes that “continuing to degrade ISIL will require striking its operations and infrastructure where they are located…”
The government’s motion to extend operations in Iraq and bomb Syria also indicates the possibility of Canadian military intervening in other countries. The motion notes that “continuing to degrade ISIL will require striking its operations and infrastructure where they are located…”
A matter which has not yet been raised with the government is the recently revealed evidence of some form of Canadian collaboration with ISIL, the organization that Canada says it is taking action to “degrade” in Iraq and Syria.
Canadian and international media reported on March 12 that a paid agent of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, operating out of Canada’s embassy in Jordan, was involved in recruiting for ISIS before he was arrested in Turkey.
Source: Democratic Renewal, April 2, 2015 • No. 50