March 24, 2016 - 9:00 AM
Prime Minister Sunny Ways and Foreign Affairs Minister, Squeaky-The- Pencil-Neck, started what some might call a war of words Wednesday.
They were explaining how to precisely define what Canada is doing about ISIS terrorism.
Whatever is being done, Sunny Ways and Squeaky lectured that it is definitely not a "war" with ISIS.
The cause for this important grammar lesson from our Canadian leaders was another ISIS attack, this time killing and mutilating innocent people in Brussels.
The bombings in Brussels killed at least 31 people and came four months after the attacks in Paris that left 130 dead.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls declared “We are at war,” following a crisis meeting called by French President Francois Hollande.
Squeaky (aka. Stephane Dion) and Sunny Ways (who needs no further introduction) thought that was reckless language by Valls.
"Whoa, not so damn fast, Manuel," Sunny Ways and Squeaky might have said if they spoke like real people, which they never would.
Sunny Ways officially countered Valls' use of the word 'war' by saying:
“A war is something that can be won by one side or the other and there is no path for ISIL (ISIS) to actually win against the West.”
Squeaky tsk-tsked from his Ivory Tower even further and added: “If you use the terminology ‘war,’ in international law it will mean two armies with respecting rules and it’s not the case at all. So we prefer to say that it’s a fight.”
Are you sure you don't prefer to call it a quarrel, such as the kind of dispute a husband and wife have over how much to turn down the thermostat over night?
Maybe Canada should say we are having a difference of opinion with ISIS.
To "fight" ISIS, Canada has taken away its jets from the American-led coalition that is bombing ISIS in Iraq and Syria and promised more military teachers.
If that fails and Muslim terrorists strike in Canada again, Sunny Ways and Squeaky can always throw the dictionary at them.
— Chuck Poulsen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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