Short-term military solutions do not solve long-term economic problems.
It is imperative that we follow the US lead on this.
It seems odd to divert military resources so Canadian politicians can get their photo taken looking at the enemy.
As much as Harper wants to dumb this whole equation down, the reality is not so simple.
If it is morally wrong for Russia to militarily support a Ukrainian faction in this civil war, then it must be equally wrong for Canada to be fuelling the other side.
To not hold the Kurds to the same standards of professional conduct that we enforce on our own soldiers undermines the entire rationale for us deploying our trainers in the first place.
Caught up in the sudden adventure, no one seemed to ask Harper just why he felt it necessary to use so many military resources for the trip.
This whole clamour has been brought to the public spotlight before, and not just one year ago.
Situations like the migrant drowning deaths in the Mediterranean happen because military interventions are not fully thought through.