What should be done about the Syrian civil war?

Dear Ceasefire.ca supporter,

If you have been following the news this week you likely have seen the horrifying pictures of casualties in Syria’s civil war. How should the world respond? What can Canada do?

Former Liberal Cabinet Ministers Lloyd Axworthy and Allan Rock are promoting the use of the Responsibility to Protect Doctrine (R2P) and support the “Kosovo model” of military intervention, which enabled NATO forces to target and bomb the civilian infrastructure of the former Yugoslavia for 78 days, without a UN mandate.

Errol Mendes, a Human Rights scholar, claims that any military intervention would be illegal, but still the right thing to do.

But Scott Taylor, of Esprit de Corps magazine, reminds us that Canada is not arming the Syrian rebels due to fears of creating a Jihadist state that would ultimately aid global terrorist networks.

And former U.S. National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski emphasizes that intervention will only make life worse for people living in Syria and its neighbouring countries.

What do you think should be done? Leave your comments below and share them with other Ceasefire.ca readers.


In peace,

Steven Staples


Photo Credit: US NAVY

Tags: Allan Rock, Canada, Canadian foreign policy, Errol Mendes, Lloyd Axworthy, Public opinion, R2P, Responsibility to Protect, Scott Taylor, Syria, Syrian Civil War, Zbigniew Brzezinksi