VSHA Humanist Cafe

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

7:00 to 8:30 pm

 James Bay New Horizons
234 Menzies Street
James Bay

Topic: Canada goes to war with ISIS – Pro and Con

moderator: John Pope

The Canadian government says ISIS poses a serious threat to Canadians and must be destroyed.  Opposition groups deny there is a threat, and criticize the decision to go to war.

For a comprehensive background, we highly recommend that you see this excellent NY Times infographic (Apr. 7) explains the conflict in and easy to read format with excellent graphics:  http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/06/12/world/middleeast/the-iraq-isis-conflict-in-maps-photos-and-video.html

 

PRO and CON

PRO – The threats are real, and Canada must defend itself from ISIS

ISIS directly threatens Canada: http://globalnews.ca/news/1669711/head-of-isis-says-group-will-fight-to-the-last-man-in-new-audio-recording/ Nov. 13

John Baird reports: http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/fighting-islamic-extremism-the-greatest-struggle-of-our-generation-john-baird-tells-commons-committee Sep. 9

An overview of threats: http://globalnews.ca/news/1581616/analysis-breaking-down-the-isis-threat-to-canada/ Sep. 24

CON – The threats are overblown, and Canada should stay out of the conflict

Countering Islamic State: A failing strategy:

https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/monitor/countering-islamic-state-failing-strategy Apr. 1

Terrorism is overblown: http://www.straight.com/news/420321/gwynne-dyer-explains-why-terrorism-overblown-and-why-islamists-want-western-countries Mar.29

The expanded Iraq mission is an immoral misadventure: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/the-expanded-iraq-mission-is-an-immoral-misadventure/article23665816/  Mar.27

The cost of the war: http://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/syria-and-iraq-war-extension-to-cost-canadian-taxpayers-406-million Apr. 1

Challenging the evidence of a threat: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/isis-video-expert-challenges-government-s-concern-over-threats-against-canada-1.2897520 Jan. 12
Satire: http://www.ipolitics.ca/2015/03/15/cant-tell-the-players-without-a-program/ Mar. 15

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