Following UK, Canada now on the way to join the war in Iraq, against ISIL

Source: crawleynews.co.uk | UK

Last Friday, 524 MPs voted in favour of British planes carrying out air strikes on the jihadist group.

MP Henry Smith said: I thought it was the right thing to do because the threat Isil [Isis] pose to the stability of the Middle East and the security of this country is severe. I don’t use the word ‘evil’ that often but they are executing Muslims and non-Muslims alike in Syria and Iraq and we need to play our part as a responsible global power, along with other Arab nations, to combat Isil. Read more @ crawleynews.co.uk


Source: montrealgazette.com | Canada

Marc Garneau, MP, Liberal Party of Canada Critic for Foreign Affairs

ISIS claims to be everything Islam isn’t.

The Holy Quran and the teachings of Prophet Muhammad promote a pluralistic society in which everyone is granted freedom of religion and everyone’s rights are respected. Prophet Muhammad defined a good Muslim as one from whose tongue and hands other people stay safe. He taught tolerance and strictly forbade the killing of any other Muslim over theological differences. The same Christians being murdered today were invited by Prophet Muhammad to pray in his mosque in Medina. People are being killed over religious and doctrinal differences, while Prophet Muhammad embraced such people and stood for their rights.

But like I have said, ISIS stands for everything Islam opposes. These are the true teachings of Islam as understood by a majority of Muslims and practised by the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim community.

Luqman AhmedQuebec

I am utterly relieved that Prime Minister Stephen Harper decided to take a firm stand against ISIS, even though things are still getting worse. ISIS is simply a smear on the face of humanity at large. The tragedy is that ISIS claims to be acting for Muhammad, who would cringe hearing about this organization’s deeds.

A caliph of Islam must at least understand the religion he claims to lead.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper rises in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill to vote for an air combat mission against ISIS on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. Conservative MPs in the House of Commons have approved a motion to join the war in Iraq, clearing the way for Canadian CF-18s to take part in airstrikes in the Middle East. Photograph by: Justin Tang , Montreal Gazette

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper rises in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill to vote for an air combat mission against ISIS on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. Conservative MPs in the House of Commons have approved a motion to join the war in Iraq, clearing the way for Canadian CF-18s to take part in airstrikes in the Middle East.
Photograph by: Justin Tang , Monatreal Gazette

ISIL represents a real and present threat to the Middle East region. It has ruthlessly and systematically killed thousands throughout Iraq and Syria — innocent civilians, ethnic and religious minorities, humanitarian workers, and journalists — displacing hundreds of thousands more in its wake. Both the security threat and the urgent humanitarian crisis created by ISIL require international action.

The question is not whether Canada can contribute to this effort. We can, and we must. The question is this: in the context of a wide-scale, international effort to confront ISIL, what is the most effective contribution that Canada can make?

The Liberal Party of Canada believes that our efforts are best devoted to the humanitarian side of the equation. Displaced Iraqis who have been forced from their homes at the hands of ISIL need our help. Canada is uniquely positioned to be a leader in the humanitarian efforts in this region. In addition, we can and should facilitate the resettlement of Iraqi refugees here in Canada. We also have unique capabilities that should lead us to focus our time, personnel, and financial resources on non-combat roles such as strategic airlift, training, and medical support.

We have repeatedly said that there is a clear line between a non-combat and a combat role in Iraq. If the prime minister wants to take Canada across that line, he must make the case to Canadians as to why this is a necessary step for our country. The prime minister did not make this case. For this reason, the Liberal Party opposed the government’s motion to go to war in Iraq.

However, now that the decision has been made to send the brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces into harm’s way, they have our full and unwavering support.

May God be with them

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