Entering Iraq-ISIS Conflict The Least Bad Option

Last Tuesday, the House of Commons voted 157-134 in favour of committing Canadian war planes to the escalating conflict in Iraq and an international coalition to degrade the terrorist organization ISIS (The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria). After much consultation, deliberation and soul-searching, I voted in favour of the motion.  In last week’s blog posting, I admit to being conflicted about this mission and this vote.   As evil as ISIS’s terrorist activities are, my reservations included the imprecisely defined goals of actually degrading the forces and the ever growing possibility of mission creep.  What if six planes is an insufficient contribution and our alliance partners require additional CF-18s?  At some point what if ground forces are required? Is Canada ready for another protracted ground war, given our experience and 158 casualties in Afghanistan? There simply were no good choices.  I admit that committing Canada’s air forces into another war…