Middle East

Syria: France’s evidence for Assad’s deadly chemical attack on Douma

Apr 16, 2018
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The Vimy Report

There’s a row on over whether the Trump administration had sufficient cause for the allied assault on Syria last weekend. So the world’s media, too indolent as usual to look into the matter with any seriousness, has cast doubt not only on whether the Syrian regime was responsible for the killings in Douma but on whether they even occurred. Compounding

Dumbing down on Jerusalem

Feb 12, 2018
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Paul H. Chapin

A year of missed opportunities Israel’s great foreign minister, Abba Eban, once famously commented that “the Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity”. That’s now the problem of democratic states. In the past year, they twice have had the opportunity to overcome the mental standstill which has afflicted their search for peace between Arabs and Israelis. In both

Three questions we need to answer about peace in the Middle East

Feb 12, 2018
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Paul H. Chapin

Throughout the democratic world, people have lamented the absence of peace in the Middle East. To date, the conflict between Arabs and Israelis has killed 85,000 Arabs and 24,000 Israelis. Whatever the reasons — some of them are pretty unsavoury — most of the blame has been placed on the Israelis for “illegally” occupying Palestinian territory, building settlements there, constructing

The Mental Standstill that Cripples the Mideast Peace

Jan 03, 2017
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Paul H. Chapin

Have you ever wondered why “a just and lasting peace” in the Middle East is no closer today than 70 years ago? It was 1947 when the members of the United Nations decided that the only solution to the conflict between Jews and Arabs in Palestine was for each to have their own state. In other words, a two-state solution.

Remember Afghanistan? Let’s take another look.

Nov 10, 2016
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Omar Samad

Editor’s note: Between 2001 and 2014, Canada fought a war in Afghanistan to help destroy the al Qaeda terrorist organization which had perpetrated the deaths of almost 3000 people on 9/11 including 25 Canadians, to remove from that country the Taliban regime which had harboured al Qaeda, and to protect the burgeoning democracy which followed. It was a long and

Impressive: government achieves its Syrian refugee goal

Feb 15, 2016
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Vimy Intel Team

Last fall, the new Canadian government announced a goal to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada before the end of 2015. As the magnitude of the undertaking became evident, the target date was put back by a few weeks, but the goal has now essentially been met. Official data posted on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website as of

The security risks from Canada’s fast-track Syrian refugee plan

Feb 15, 2016
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David Harris

On 3 February 2016, the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a hearing on “Canada’s Fast-Track Refugee Plan: Unanswered Questions and Implications for U.S. National Security”. Following is David Harris’s opening statement before the committee. The new Canadian government took office committed to fast-tracking 25,000 Syrian refugees into Canada between early November 2015 and the end of that year.  Complications

Our CF-18s in the desert: What to do?

Feb 03, 2016
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Guy Stanley

Could it be the new government’s got it right? The Huffington Post Sunday quoted Stéphane Dion, the new foreign affairs minister, as saying Canada’s goals in the Middle East go beyond the conflicts in Syria and Iraq to include the stability of Lebanon and Jordan and the region. Let’s be clear: the CF-18s are not the issue. The real issue

No Fight in this Dog

Feb 01, 2016
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BGen (ret) Dr. James S. Cox

The so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a pathological mixture of perverse extremism, medieval standards and amoral behaviour whose barbarous practices surpass even Nazi atrocities, if not in scale then certainly in degree. That ISIS thrives is surely an embarrassment to the civilized world. ISIS may not be the only impediment to peace and security in the

Aghan peace talks still going nowhere

Jan 12, 2016
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Vimy Intel Team

Following a remarkably successful few months on the battlefield, the Taliban have recently sustained some military setbacks which have raised hopes they will be more interested in peace talks. Late last year, the Taliban briefly captured the northern Afghanistan city of Kunduz before being driven out by government forces with considerable assistance from the United States. The Taliban have also