As the Trudeau government considers a “peacekeeping” mission in the African nation of Mali, the military is warning about potential dangers.
Reportedly, the government is looking at the potential deployment of 600 Canadian troops in the unstable country.
Over 100 peacekeepers have been killed by terrorists in Mali, and this is a key point of concern in a July 2016 report prepared by the Joint Strategic Staff. The report was unearthed by the Canadian Press.
The report notes that good feelings aren’t enough of a reason for Canada to put troops in harms way:
“There is a legitimate moral component to this discussion, namely that Canadian participation … is the right thing for a nation with Canada’s good fortune, wealth and means to undertake. But the discussion must be wider than a moral one in order to define the national interest in more tangible terms and to provide some balance by measuring the risks and rewards.”
Additionally, the report points out that UN missions are not mandated for counter-terrorism operations, which could be a serious problem when troops are in a nation such as Mali. The Joint Strategic Staff says terrorism continues to “pose an undeniable threat in certain locations.”
The report is also focused on the importance of an exit strategy from any mission. For example, Canadian troops were in Cyprus for 29 years. There is considerable pressure to extend missions once a country has already committed.
Says the report, “From the outset of planning, consideration should be given to the sustainment and eventual withdrawal from the (operation),” the paper reads, adding that leaving is often “a delicate mission to execute.”
A Mali mission is not in our national interest
Sending troops to Mali is not in our national interest. The only interest it serves is the Trudeau government’s attempt to get more attention on the world stage. Aside from that consideration, the gutting of our military makes it deeply irresponsible to send troops into danger. Until our military budget is increased by at least $10 or so billion per year ($20 billion more yearly would be better), the government has no right sending troops into danger.
The men and women of the Canadian military should not be put in danger just so our Prime Minister can virtue-signal in front of the United Nations.