O’Leary’s abhorrent attack on the Canadian military

Kevin O’Leary attack on the brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces should exclude him from the leadership of the Conservative Party

O’Leary’s abhorrent attack on the Canadian militaryKevin O’Leary still hasn’t decided whether he’s going to run for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. After his recent remarks about the Canadian military, I would strongly advise him against it. In an interview with the Ottawa-based talk radio station CFRA last week, the popular financial commentator was asked about his foreign…

China ready to test Trump’s resolve

Beijing has a long history of provoking incoming U.S. administrations to see how they will respond to aggressive Chinese actions

China ready to test Trump’s resolveSeveral recent events underscore China’s growing military strength in East Asia and how it might respond to the Trump administration’s plans to “reset” U.S.-China relations. On Dec. 14, satellite reconnaissance revealed that China had installed anti-aircraft guns on all seven of the artificial islands it has created in the South China Sea. That same day,…

NATO needs to rebuild its capabilities

NATO needs to return to the basics, dust off the old manuals from the Cold War, and think through what is really required to successfully defend Eastern Europe

NATO needs to rebuild its capabilitiesThe North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is heralded as the world’s most successful military alliance. However, it finds itself under pressure from within and without. Some people in NATO countries do not understand the importance of its goal: to safeguard its members’ freedom and security by political and military means. This goal is executed through…

NATO urgently needs to redefine its mission

NATO needs to redefine the kinds of threats it is designed to oppose to reflect the current tactics in the Kremlin’s playbook

NATO urgently needs to redefine its missionFounded in 1949, the 28-member North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) aimed “to keep the Russians out, the Americans in and the Germans down.” Those were the words of Lord Ismay, its first Secretary General, and those goals largely defined NATO’s mission over its first 40 years. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989, however,…

The murky dilemma of our role fighting ISIS

Backing away from Canadian airstrikes is consistent with our national conscience, but huge moral questions remain

The murky dilemma of our role fighting ISISThe Trudeau government is following through on its promise to end Canada’s role in airstrikes against the Islamic State. Canada, instead, will increase its support for the allied effort. The number of Canadian military advisors in the region will rise from 69 now to about 220. This shift reflects an election promise of the Liberals and…

History passes judgment on Nuremberg Trials

A classic case of victor’s justice masquerading as a modern judicial proceeding

History passes judgment on Nuremberg TrialsMy late father disapproved of the Nuremberg Trials. It wasn’t that he had any sympathy for the Nazis assembled for judgment. Nor did he have any principled objection to the capital punishment that was meted out. But he did believe that the Nuremberg process was flawed in both conception and execution. He believed that the Nuremberg…

Remembrance Day: The Homefront in Alberta

The Second World War was hard on the men fighting on the front lines as well as those they left behind

Remembrance Day: The Homefront in AlbertaWhile the Second World War was hard on the men and women fighting on the front lines, it was also hard on those they left behind. This is important to remember this Remembrance Day. It's two sides of the same coin, said Dr. Adriana Davies, Executive Director and of the Heritage Community Foundation. "The front (line)…

Moral waters of war with ISIS getting murky

Without a concrete plan beyond airstrikes, we could find ourselves mired in war for years to come

Moral waters of war with ISIS getting murkyInitially, I was convinced that the war against ISIS could be morally justified. ISIS, after all, is a malevolent force from which neither Iraq nor Syria is able to protect their people. The international community, therefore, had a responsibility to intervene. But beyond that, the moral waters get muddy. Both Catholic “just war” theory, with…
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