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Fight now or die later: ISIL threat is only growing

We cannot and should not remove our troops from the Middle East.



By Damian van Woerden (Contributor) – Email

Print Edition: November 5, 2014

“If we don’t react now, ISIL is going to directly attack us on our land.” (Image: 4 Cdn Div/4 Div Ca- JTFC/FOIC /flickr)

“If we don’t react now, ISIL is going to directly attack us on our land.” (Image: 4 Cdn Div/4 Div Ca- JTFC/FOIC /flickr)

We cannot and should not remove our troops from the Middle East.  The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has made it crystal clear, as reported in the Guardian: they have no intentions of creating a peaceful world, not until they have planted their black flag of tyranny over the government buildings of every single nation. They are not interested in debate, they don’t want treaties and trade deals, and they do not want our business.

This is why Canada needs to get involved. We cannot sit idly by and hope the world’s united problem of ISIL will sort itself out and disappear. We will not be able to simply sit down with the terrorists and have a polite conversation over mutual interests. Sooner or later, if we don’t react now, ISIL is going to directly attack us on our land. And this time, it won’t be one mentally ill man with a Winchester 30-30 strolling into a Parliament building, as it was in Ottawa.

ISIL is an extremely efficient and brilliantly evil terrorist organization who will stop at nothing to impose their form of justice and achieve their goal of world domination.

Despite many of the world’s historical problems, this is one of the few times Canada has willingly volunteered to run in, headfirst, to a conflict situation. It’s understandable as citizens, we would rather keep the title of peacekeeper rather than battle-axe. However, by being proactive, we are acting in order to protect peace rather than keep it.

The RCMP stated to Global News ISIL poses a direct threat to the safety and security of Canada. If we want to keep our country safe, protect individual freedom and independence, and still have a goal of world peace, we are going to need to fight for it. In these cases, sometimes a strong offence is the best form of defence. By having military support in the Middle East, we are trying to prevent confrontation on the shores of our own country. This isn’t a war on religion or a hatred of the Muslim faith. This is a fight for liberty. Right now it’s either us or them. If we don’t react right away, they’ll definitely be showing up in our nation sooner than we think.

Harper has made a commendable decision to send our troops over the ocean to the Middle East. ISIL’s aggressive advances need to be stopped and contained. What Canadians need to realize is that the war against ISIL is a war for our democracy and the protection of our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. ISIL does not want to make peace with the West. If we want to protect what we have in Canada, we are going to need to fight for it.

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  1. Nick

    November 8, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    “It has too often been too easy for rulers and governments to incite man to war.” – Lester B. Pearson

    They say that pride comes before the fall. How arrogant must we be to presume to offer a military solution to instability and violence in the Middle East when the last hundred years of western interference has produced the quagmire we face today?

    The decision to go to war should never be taken lightly and never be a knee-jerk reaction. Yet the author’s jingoistic arguments would lead us to believe that we are obliged to eliminate any supposed threat before it rears its ugly head. Replace “ISIL” with “weapons of mass destruction” and Mr. Van Woerden’s article would not seem out of place in the frenzied climate that lead to the United States’ ill-advised 2003 invasion of Iraq.

    We must instead exercise extreme caution and prudence. We need to consider the human lives at stake and unintended consequences before making a rash decision to entangle ourselves in a mission with vague goals at best.

  2. B Keyes

    December 30, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Patriotism (the love of ones own country), the last refuge of the scoundrel.

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