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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

John Ivison: Don’t be fooled by the spin — Canada is not playing its full part in battle against ISIL

There is a strong tradition in this country of supporting justice and human rights. But there is also a rich Canadian history of standing fast against brutality and oppression. The Liberals appear to believe there is a contradiction between the two seams.

The Trudeau government said Monday it will withdraw from a combat role in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, in favour of what reads like a recovery plan. It’s the equivalent of the Americans introducing the Marshall reconstruction plan in Europe in 1943 – two years before the Second World War was won.

Every minister who veered near a microphone Monday touted a Pentagon statement about Canada “stepping up” its efforts — tripling its training commitment, doubling its intelligence-gathering capacity and increasing humanitarian aid.

But no one should be fooled by the political spin. Canada is not playing its full part and is leaving others in the 60-nation coalition to fight an ideology as abhorrent to us as we, apparently, are to it...

See also: Don't call Justin Trudeau an idiot; it's an insult to idiots. 

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