Who Are the Good Guys?

As conditions in Mali deteriorate into another ‘international effort’ against Islamists, the automatic support from conservatives for military intervention is on a sharp decline.
As results of previous campaigns become clear and information is gathered, those on Canada’s political right have started to raise questions about the factions involved, as well as possible outcomes.
Born from the aftermath of the deceptive ‘Arab Spring’, a bill of goods sold to the general public by Western governments and the media as ‘democracy taking root’ and ‘the Arab world’s Tiananmen square’ which ended up as nothing more than an exchange of corrupt, morally bankrupt dictators for murderous, radically Islamic Caliphates, skepticism is growing among those who identify as pro-Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
We look south and see our closest and most powerful Ally arming newly-minted radical Islamic regimes with F-16 fighters, even as these new leaders publicly call for the annihilation of Israel.  We see Middle East countries that have come through the Arab Spring, only to find they have become an even bigger threat than before, both to their own people and to the world at large.  See: Egypt.
We see Afghanistan, where Canada had boots on the ground since 2002, and watch as President Karzai (‘our guy’) cozy up to the treacherous Taliban while our soldiers die.
Be it because of stretched-to-the-limit, exhausted Armed Forces after a decade-long commitment in Afghanistan or an astute Prime Minister’s Office sensing public opinion, news that Canada was going to limit its involvement in the Mali situation to a single transport aircraft was welcoming.
If international forces intend to handle Mali in the same manner shown in other recent conflicts, then to join would be foolish.  The truth is, years of half-assed intervention, be it called ‘limited engagement’ or ‘quick strike’ or ‘shock-and-awe’ has proven to be failed methods.  You cannot run a military operation on a foundation of political correctness.  If war is necessary, you go all-in until the enemy is defeated.
The added ingredient now is the combatants.  Citizens rising up against their oppressors in Middle Eastern nations trigger an emotional response.  We must support them!  But who are the ‘citizens’?  A ragtag collection, as it turns out.
In Libya and Egypt, the feel-good ‘rebels’ were in reality deeply infiltrated and influenced by the Muslim Brotherhood, the Black Hand of the Islamic world.  Not exactly ‘ally’ material, not democratic, and certainly not supportive of any kind of ‘liberty’.
The fact is, there are issues in that part of the world that reach back for thousands of years and flow right up to the present.  Layer upon layer of social, religious, and political issues intertwined prevent any easy and quick Western-made solution.  We can’t force these countries to become free and democratic states.
Canada should reconsider its involvement in the Mideast turmoil. A reassessment of the players is in order.  We must determine who the 'good guys' are, if any.
Obviously following NATO and U.N. commitments would be expected, but if those commitments are ill-placed to the degree of having our soldiers assist in strengthening the worldwide epidemic known as radical Islam, I would hope P.M. Stephen Harper would build on his growing internationally respected reputation and say ‘no’.

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