Part II: Why I Voted “Nay”

The issue of extending the fight against ISIS, especially the inclusion of air attacks into Syria is complicated and full of peril; it is not as simple as: ISIS is evil and we must degrade them. Canadian policymakers tend to have a short memory. Not only do we have little to show for the 11 years and 158 lives lost in Afghanistan, the more recent Libyan experience demonstrates the West’s over-inflated sense of its ability to fix matters in that region. Canada, along with its NATO allies, was successful in removing Moammar Qaddafi from power, but then promptly abandoned the country to the anarchy of the militias and extremist religious factions, including ISIS. Is the purpose of a foreign policy to pursue our national interest by contributing to a better world, or is it simply to make us feel better about ourselves? We may beat our chests and take pride…