Canadian Troops Should Never Be Put Under UN Command

Only Canadians should be allowed to command Canadian military forces.

With the Trudeau government making the (ill-advised) decision to send Canadian troops into Mali’s chaotic civil war, one aspect of the upcoming mission – and past UN missions – is not receiving enough attention.

Canadian troops will be under the command of the UN.

That means Canadian military forces in Mali will be taking orders from non-Canadians, which raises serious questions about our national sovereignty.

The purpose of the Canadian military is to protect Canada and take actions that are in the interest of our nation. Putting our troops under the command of a non-Canadian institution is contrary to both of those objectives.

After all, why would it be called the ‘Canadian military’ if non-Canadians are able to give orders to members of that military?

Making matters worse, the Mali mission has already proven to be very dangerous. Out of about 11,000 peacekeepers deployed, 150 have been killed.

So, it is clearly not a “peacekeeping” mission at all.

Furthermore, Canadian generals would care for and look out for Canadian military personnel in a way that foreign commanders never could, as there is always a stronger loyalty within nations than between nations.

Even if sending troops to Mali was a good idea – it’s not – those troops should be under Canadian command. Canada could coordinate with other countries, but that doesn’t mean usurping Canadian command.

Additionally, the United Nations has lost so much credibility lately that it’s simply unacceptable for Canadian military personnel to be under UN control.

Canada must defend our independence and our national sovereignty, and that means making sure that our troops are only ever commanded by Canadians.

Spencer Fernando