Does Canada really believe that it's not at war with ISIS?
Justin Trudeau, the country's prime minister and Liberal Party leader, seems to feel this way. Shortly after the Brussels terrorist attack, he told the media, "A war is something that can be won by one side or the other and there is no path for ISIL to actually win against the West."
Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion made a similar assessment. He said, "If you use the terminology 'war,' in international law it will mean two armies with respecting rules and it's not the case at all."
The bloodthirsty leaders of ISIS, who have formed armies in the Mideast, hate Western values such as democracy, liberty and freedom with a passion. They have reportedly used chemical weapons, imposed Shariah, tortured and executed thousands of Syrians and Iraqis.
Trudeau and Dion are surely aware of some or all of the atrocities and war-related crimes. They must realize what the terrorist group's modus operandi is, irrespective of terminology.
By contrast, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, just after the terrorist attack on Brussels, made this short, direct and powerful comment about the state of our world: "We are at war."
Valls argued that "we have closed our eyes throughout Europe, and also France, on the progress of extremist ideas." His eyes are now wide open, and he realizes we're at war against ISIS and all other terrorist groups who threaten our safety and security. The use of the word "war" implies that our side will fight back.
Perhaps the French prime minister could instruct his Canadian counterpart about the nature of the war the West confronts, and the threat posed by terrorism.
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