Sada al-Mashrek’s Editor-in-Chief
Following the Khan Sheikhoun chemical attack that killed tens of victims, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last Monday, the 10th of April, walked along Juno Beach, where Canadian soldiers had sacrificed their lives in confrontation with the Nazi peril during World War 2. Trudeau attacked Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, saying he was “a criminal that menaced his own people” and had to “leave”. Trudeau also believed that Russia had to know it bore some responsibility for the Syrian regime’s “attack on innocents”. “Canada remains open to imposing new sanctions against Russia in concert with its allies,” added he, explaining that any other required measures would be taken to communicate messages to Russia. Soon afterwards, Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland announced the sanctioning of 27 senior officials of al-Assad’s government.
Conservative Foreign Affairs Critic, MP Peter Kent; source: Cancillería Argentina – Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=44812586
Even though Trudeau has rushed at announcing this stance, the Conservative Foreign Affairs Critic Peter Kent accused the Liberal government of pussyfooting even though it had taken a firm stance on Syria. Anyway such opposing Conservative stances are typical in defiance of the government, even when both parties’ positions come alike. It’s also typical of Conservatives to make American-like stances most of the time, sometimes even surpassing the US stances on the Middle East.
U.S. President Donald Trump meeting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House on 13 Feb 2017; source: Office of the President of the United States – @realDonaldTrump on Twitter, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=56253900
Strange enough it is that Trudeau has made a stance on the Khan Sheikhoun crime ahead of any confirmed evidence. Clearly, it seems the US road is taken here, and it is unsurprising that American stories are made on “incidents” and “motives” in favour of US policies and goals, particularly in the Arab World. A bold example lies in the Iraq invasion “in action against” Saddam Hussein, a former US ally whose alliance deterred him not from killing 5,000 Iranian civilians with chemical weapons. To war against Iraq, the US fabricated news on massive destruction weapons, killing and wounding hundreds of thousands.
Syria’s Ambassador to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari has provided a lot of evidence on the perpetrators of Khan Sheikhoun’s chemical attack, so Prime Minister Trudeau must respond to the voices calling for a serious and objective enquiry ahead of making unbacked accusations. In the case of Khan Sheikhoun, only the claims of terrorist groups and the US administration have been considered, now that the US is trying to police the Middle East and to discipline any defying groups.
So we’ve seen this sudden international “concern” for the victims of Khan Sheikhoun’s chemical attack, which obviously tells that orchestrating beneficiaries are behind the scenes. In contrast, all have gone terribly mute after the terrorist groups attacked the buses leaving Kfarya and al-Fua with loads of civilians, who were supposed to move to safety after the Syrian government, had struck a swop deal with the armed groups. Trudeau, like others, has disgracefully kept quiet as to death of 120 innocent civilians, including children even though the criminals can be clearly sorted out; US allies are funding terror groups that are hitting Syrian, Egyptian and other civilians every day.
Military interference isn’t going to resolve Syria’s conflict; it will only bring about more destruction and killing of innocents. International cooperation is needed to exterminate terror groups and their ideology inspirers in Arab and non-Arab countries. Funding to such groups must be stopped, too. Then impartial international entities can supervise the election of a Syrian president, whether the Syrians vote unanimously once again for President Bashar al-Assad or for another. Otherwise, only further bloodshed will be provoked for a bunch of new years in the Arab World.
Canada must avoid contacting US President Donald Trump’s monkey business and must act positively to prevent the loss of more innocent lives, just like it used to do. Former Liberal Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, backed by the majority of Canadians, once refused to fall for US plots, which were eventually proved to be dependent upon fabricated evidence. Chrétien had figured it out well, showing good, realistic interpretation of international incidents. So is Trudeau following Chrétien or Trump?