Canada should avoid involvement in Middle East

In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, we must not forget how ISIS began in the first place

We must not forget.

In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, we must not forget how ISIS began in the first place. It was Cheney and Bush’s illegal and immoral Iraq war, in which hundreds of thousands died that unleashed the cycle of violence that appears to have no end in sight.

And at the root of these conflicts are the war profiteers; the corporations whose share prices are soaring that produce the endless supply of weapons that end up on either side of the conflicts. And now Canada is part of this supply chain, with billions of dollars worth of armoured vehicles heading to Saudi Arabia, thanks to Harper and his refusal to join most of the countries in the world and sign the UN small arms treaty.

With the new Trudeau government in Ottawa, Canada should reconsider joining those that seek retribution over the attacks and help foster peace by encouraging the West to leave the Mideast and let the multiple Islamic factions sort out the mess themselves.

The world needs to instead focus on the biggest threat of all, climate change.

Jim Cooperman