The Middle East: The Liberals’ plan strives for more

A national economy underpinned by the extraction and export of Alberta’s oilsands.

A Canadian mission, the nexus of which, six CF-18 fighter jets, contributes two percent of all sorties, to the global fight against the Islamic State.

The former disintegrating steadily, and piercing every region across Canada, as the price of oil plumbs depths not seen in a generation or two.

The latter, the public flagpole upon which many fly their security blanket.

As if something as complex as a national economy or response to a group of barbaric thugs intent on recreating a caliphate in a region of mistrusting and murdering factions, can be whittled down to one variable.

One narrow element that will act as a sole pillar on which governments define, plan, and act, as Stephen Harper’s government did, from 2006-2015.

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Armenian Genocide: Unrealized Denouement

I am a Canadian of Armenian ancestry.

A Canadian who has, at times, struggled with her heritage. A multi-layered heritage born of an insidious act, that weighs on me.

Most Armenians living in diasporas around the world proudly identify themselves as Armenians. Solely so. Some might add Canadian, or American, or French, or any other nationality their family adopted as part of their emigration. But, the majority of Armenians were raised to fiercely nurture and preserve their Armenian culture and Christian Orthodox religion, and more importantly to teach it’s history to the next generation.

A history that includes the twentieth century’s first genocide.

A genocide inflicted upon 1.5 million Armenians by the Turkish Ottomans commencing in 1915.

Armenians remains.
Armenian remains, found in a trench.

With Pope Francis’ public acknowledgement last week, the world at large is aware on a grander scale of both the genocide and of its upcoming one hundredth year anniversary on Friday, April 24th. It must be said that Turkey does not admit to nor recognize that a genocide took place, preferring to state that there were deaths on both sides as a consequence of the First World War. You can read Prime Minister Erdogan’s statement here, made on the eve of April 24, 2014.

I am curious what term my readers would use when 1.5 million citizens of a nation of two million, disappears.

I’m not going to present a historical recounting of the Armenian genocide. There are scholars far more adept than I could ever be in this subject area. If you would like to read about it further, there are many online sites that provide documented details as well as newspaper articles, including those found in the Toronto Star recently, about its context, and it’s affects on subsequent generations. Continue reading Armenian Genocide: Unrealized Denouement

PBS Frontline – The Brutal Miscalculations Behind the Rise of ISIS

PBS and Vice Media’s many videos on ISIS, and the geopolitical nightmare of the Middle East, are must sees for all who wish to be informed about the war some Western nations are now engaged in. Readers encouraged to share other non-traditional non-partisan sources, with links preferably. Comments will be monitored.