2015 is coming to a close and has left plenty to reflect on: Putin annexed Crimea and has created conflict with Ukraine; Syria’s civil war rages on, drawing more nations in and threatening to grow into something even worse; and ISIS continues to make their presence known, including their attacks in Paris. Of course the year wasn’t all doom and gloom, but what I’ve found interesting is how Canada and the US have responded to these situations.
In Canada, Harper tried to sow fear and distrust. Remember the niqab and the barbaric cultural practices phone line? Thankfully, most Canadians rejected Harper’s politics of fear. We have no idea how Trudeau will perform compared to Harper, but he and his supporters have so far taken a different path. Trudeau has gone out of his way to accept Syrian refugees, and according to him, fear will not make us safer. Without a shadow of a doubt he is correct.
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This is in stark contrast to how some Americans have been acting, most notably (and loudly): the Republicans. The GOP isn’t satisfied with Obama’s bombing strategy, and many want to put American troops on the ground. Obama, according to his critics, is not doing enough. At least he seems levelheaded, which is more than you can say for Donald Trump. Unbelievably, Trump is leading the Republican polls, mainly by appealing to the worst in people. He appeals to fear, distrust, and prejudice. Trump has advocated building a wall to keep Mexican ‘rapists’ out, banning Muslims from entering the United States, killing the families of terrorists, and expanding electronic surveillance. In my humble opinion this is just terrible.
Personally, I think Trudeau is absolutely right. Fear will not make us safer. A plan of action that is well thought, well planned, and focused is what we need.
I wish you all a very happy 2016. May the New Year bring you health, happiness, and, prosperity.
Be well. Until next time.