Ambassador (ret.) Peggy Mason discusses Canada’s current military role in Iraq

Rideau Institute President Peggy Mason spoke to CBC Radio One listeners across the country Sunday about the Canadian military’s current involvement in an airstrike mission in Iraq, the need for a political and humanitarian strategy, and where the mission will be in six months:

“I think that it’s a seriously misguided strategy, this focus on airstrikes, which has little hope of effectively countering the threat posed by ISIL and which has an even greater prospect of making the situation worse. So, I think that it’s a seriously misguided strategy and Canada should not be part of it.

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All of the political complications will be far worse [in six months] unless we really start to get serious about addressing them.”

Listen to the full interview on CBC Radio’s The 180 with Jim Brown here. 

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