Should Canada get involved in possible military action in Syria?

Thomas Bink
Should Canada get involved in possible military action in Syria?

Key NATO powers have begun discussing whether or not to begin military strikes on Syria, amid concerns that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against its own citizens.

United Nations chemical weapons inspectors were turned back from a suburb of Damascus after being hit with sniper fire. They managed to get through to the location of the alleged poison gas attack on a second attempt, and have taken samples from victims.

The United States, France and England have discussed firing cruise missiles at key Syrian targets aimed at protecting civilians from the actions of the Syrian government and President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

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"We are analysing the intelligence," said U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. "And we will get the facts. And if there is any action taken, it will be in concert with the international community and within the framework of legal justification."

Russia and Iran oppose military action in Syria. Syria is one of Russia's key allies in the region, and a key port for Russian forces in the area.

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says that Canada has been involved in discussions with Western leaders about possible military strikes, but won't confirm if Canada will join should a U.S.-led alliance is formed.

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“The only end of the suffering of the Syrian people will be a political solution,” Baird said last week.

So we ask you: Should Canada get involved in possible military action in Syria?

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