Locals can’t ignore what’s happening in Syria

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We cannot ignore what’s happening around us. As much as our town is a safe place to live and raise children, the mere thoughts of violence in places like Syria are of concern to me. This weekend, the United States, a close Canadian ally, has decided to vote in congress about a military strike against the government of Syria.  The government of Syria as allegedly used chemical weapons like Saran against its own people.  The United States has indicated that through samples taken on the battleground that Sarin has been found as a chemical agent.

What is Sarin you ask? Sarin, according to Wikipedia is “a colorless, odorless liquid, [4] used as a chemical weapon owing to its extreme potency as a nerve agent”. Chemical weapons, used against people of their own country is just unacceptable to me. Chemical weapons have been banned from fighting wars. Yet, this substance was in use! Just incredible!

Canada’s position on Syria is baffling. Foreign affairs minister, John Baird provided this statement in regards to Syria. “Canada believes that a firm and unequivocal response is needed to deter any future use of chemical weapons. We also believe that a clear message on the proliferation and use of such weapons must be sent to rogue regimes around the world. Just longing for peace does not necessarily bring it about, And history would judge us all extraordinarily harshly if we turned a blind eye to a dictator’s wanton use of weapons of mass destruction against all warnings, against all common understanding of decency.”

So what does Baird’s statement mean? To me, it’s just words. It means that our allies have to do the dirty work, and we just have to say we support their actions. Prime Minister Stephen Harper says that there are no plans for Canadian participation in the war against Syria.

I’m not advocating war or not saying Canada should not go to war. I would just like to see Canada take a stronger stand against crimes against humanity. Using words to dance around the issue like Baird’s statement is useless, and unproductive in my opinion!

What do you thnk? What should Canada’s role be against Syria, if any?

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