Monday, February 15, 2016

"Controversy" in Canada

Canada will end their tiny role in bombing ISIL in Iraq and Syria:

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday Canada would pull out six jets that have been bombing targets in Iraq and Syria, ending Canada's controversial combat role in the effort against Islamic State.

The West is screwed when it is "controversial" to bomb Medieval barbarians who actually proudly publicize how barbaric they are.

But no worries. Canada does have a use for those military bases not being used to project combat power to fighting ISIL--Canada will use them to house Moslem refugees from the chaos that jihadis are creating in the Middle East. (Tip to Instapundit, although I confess I have no idea what the site is and its level of credibility. So I'll keep an eye out for more.)

Sigh. Canada did stand up to fight and die in Afghanistan with us. So my criticism of the decision to pull out of the kinetics is muted out of respect for that.

Although why Canada shrinks from bombing from high altitude after going toe-to-toe with jihadis on the ground is beyond me.

And Canada will help against ISIL in other ways. They surely have the right to do what they think best.

But the notion that bombing terrorist scum is "controversial" is hard to take.

UPDATE: So after taking the high profile decision to reject the war on ISIL by withdrawing their F-18s from combat, the leftist Canadian government then sends in special forces?

Canada’s new plan to significantly boost the size of its special forces commitment in Iraq, give arms to the Kurds as well as provide more than $700 million in humanitarian aid has taken the sting out of the country’s decision to withdraw its fighter jets from coalition efforts against the Islamic State, politicians and military officers say.

This is incoherent. WTF, eh?