Canada Syria

Obama's Plan to Punish Assad Is Not Nearly Enough

Jackson Doughart | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada
Jackson Doughart

Obama's "small footprint" action will, even if authorized by Congress, likely produce no advantageous consequence vis-à-vis American interests in Syria, but could illicit all of the bad consequences that are inevitably associated with acts of war. As the sports types say, he should go big or stay home.

Syrian Refugees, Invite Them to Canada

Bill Haines | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada Alberta
Bill Haines

As the debate rages over the R2P (Responsibility to Protect) and the possibility of US military intervention in Syria to punish the Assad regime and his Iranian supported Hezbollah fighters for the use of chemical weapons, against ethnic minorities, there exists one thing we can do today to really help.

Baird Off To Russia As Syria Crisis Heats Up

CP | Mike Blanchfield and Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird will join his international counterparts to discuss the deepening crisis in Syria, on the sidelines of th...

The Cost of Non-Intervention in Syria

Errol P. Mendes | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada
Errol P. Mendes

If there is no outside intervention in Syria, the prospect of a stable Syria coming out of this conflict seems increasingly remote. What may well be the eventual outcome is a fractured country with different Sunni, Alawite, Christian, and Shiite forces creating their own safe havens within the country's borders. We have seen this before, and it rarely ends well.

Media Bites: On Syria, Canada's Once Again Playing Second Fiddle

J.J. McCullough | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpgPrime Minister Harper's stance on Syria seems to be a textbook instance of boring second-fiddleism. Like a good backup musician, the PM's endorsed the idea that "Western military action" should be taken against the blood-and-poison-soaked regime of Bashar al-Assad, which in practice means supporting President Obama's promised plan to bomb select Syrian sites at some uncertain time in the uncertain future. And like a good bore, Harp's also emphasized that said support will entail precisely no Canadian military contribution whatsoever.

UN: 7 Million Displaced In Syria War

CBC | Posted 11.02.2013 | Canada

The United Nations has yet to release findings from its mission in Syria to determine if chemical weapons were used in an Aug. 21 attack in the war-to...

Is An Attack On Syria Legal?

CBC | Posted 11.01.2013 | Canada

The legal case for the U.S. to strike against Syria in retaliation for its alleged use of chemical weapons against its citizens is straightforward to ...

The Week in Review: Bombing Syria Will Cost Lives -- But Will it Save Any?

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 10.31.2013 | Canada
Marni Soupcoff

As thoroughly unpalatable as it is to sit back and watch the horrific murder of innocents without doing something to help, it's difficult to see how a military strike on Syria will do anything to stop the violence, though it would almost certainly add to it, and could realistically help spread it beyond the country's borders. Is making a public moral statement a good enough reason for initiating military action when there's precious little chance of the action contributing to peace? It's a question the United States will have to answer in the coming days.

How Do We Stop Syria's Sickness from Worsening?

Bessma Momani | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada
Bessma Momani

The Assad regime continues to kill indiscriminately in a desperate effort to regain control. The merciless army it has deployed to wipe out dissent is destroying entire rebel-held towns. The horrifying chemical weapons attacks it most likely carried out on innocent civilians may be only a terrible prelude to more massacres.

Our Response to Syria Must Be Effective, But Also Legal

Irwin Cotler | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada
Irwin Cotler

The international community has not only failed to live up to its responsibility to protect civilians from mass atrocity crimes but its very inaction has encouraged escalating criminality by the Assad regime. With the crossing of the red line on chemical weapons use refocusing international attention on Syria, we risk losing credibility -- and more Syrians risk losing their lives -- should we not start now taking meaningful action to protect civilians in Syria. To that end, it is critically important that any intervention adhere to the requirements of international law.

Even Cowboys Get The Blues

CP | Lee-Anne Goodman, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada

WASHINGTON - The ghosts of Iraq are looming over both the White House and the American public this week as U.S. President Barack Obama decides whether...

Syrian Children Were Always "Defenceless"

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Earlier this week, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden decried the use of chemical weapons on "defenceless men, women and children" in Syria. As someone who works for an international aid and development agency looking out for children, something is deadly certain to me: Those children have been defenceless ever since the war in Syria began.

No Military Mission Planned For Syria

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Canada has no plans for a military intervention in Syria but it supports its allies who are contemplating ...

Direct Canadian Military Role In Syria Unlikely: NATO Source

CP | Murray Brewster and Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's support of U.S.-led military action against Syria is likely to be only symbolic, in a strike that could last as little as a day, a N...

GROOCH: Feeding Time In Syria (CARTOON)

Grooch | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Alberta
Grooch

In the late weeks of August 2012 President Obama, played up the concern of chemical weapon movement in Syria, talking about how that could determine U.S. involvement. Explaining that would be the crossing of a "RED LINE". I remember the last time a president talked about a foreign country and the movement of it's arrsenal AKA: weapons of mass destruction.

Will Canada Get Involved In Syria Military Mission?

The Huffington Post Canada | Michael Bolen | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Politics

Canada is likely to assist with any international intervention in Syria, but Prime Minister Stephen Harper has not followed British PM David Cameron's...

Syria, Poison Gas And Lessons Unlearned From Iraq

CBC | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada

Were chemical weapons deployed in suburban Damascus a week ago, leading to the deaths of at least 355 civilians? And, if so, who used them, the regime...

Tories Won't Recall Parliament Over Syria Crisis

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.29.2013 | Canada Politics

A spokesperson for Prime Minister Stephen Harper says there are no plans to recall Parliament early, even as the apparent use of chemical weapons in S...

Why Canada's Not Doing More For Syria

Glen Pearson | Posted 10.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

It remains a difficult thing for Canadians to embrace when hearing little concerning the injustices of the governments of such regions as Syria. Certain voices indeed have been raised from within the Muslim/Arab communities, but the lack of overall response until it is too late remains a mystery. But is that enough to refuse any kind of intervention? Clearly not.

Syrian Opposition Leader To Press Canada For More Help

CP | Benjamin Shingler, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.24.2013 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and other western leaders applied more pressure on Syria on Sunday, with a call for Syrian authorities ...

Syrian Opposition Leader: Canada Can End Violence With More Action

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.24.2013 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - The head of Syria’s main Western-backed opposition group is pressing the Canadian government to do more to end the conflict in his home c...

Harper, French And British Leaders Share Concerns Over Syria

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.24.2013 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Reports of chemical weapons being used in Syria have been a major topic of discussion between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the leaders ...

5 New Issues In Syrian Conflict

CBC | Posted 10.23.2013 | Canada

Syrian rebels have long accused the government they are fighting of using chemical weapons, and this week the claims intensified, as pictures of lifel...

The Truth About Poison Gas In Syria

John E.C. Thompson | Posted 10.21.2013 | Canada
John E.C. Thompson

The footage of purported victims of recent chemical weapons attacks in Syria shows a distressing number of children's corpses... but then both Saddam Hussein and Hezbollah have been accused of stockpiling such corpses in the past to reserve for media events. The Syrian National Front might be no different.

Ripeness and the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks: A Reality Check

Adam Moscoe | Posted 09.29.2013 | Canada
Adam Moscoe

They're back at it. On Monday, Israel and the Palestinian Authority sent high-level representatives to Washington to lay the groundwork for official p...