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Canada has gotten as far away from peacekeeping as possible

By Scott Taylor      

Instead of curbing conflict, we are actively enabling it by creating legions of warriors in complex conflicts, whose ultimate goals all too often do not match Canada’s.

In their 2015 election platform, the Liberals tapped into a certain nostalgia for the days when Canada's blue berets were trying to stop factions from killing each other, but the party has failed to deliver on its promises, writes Scott Taylor. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

OTTAWA—One of the persisting myths in Canada is that we are a nation of peacekeepers. Hell, we practically claim that former prime minister Lester B. Pearson during the Suez Crisis in 1956 invented the concept of deploying neutral troops to enforce ceasefires between belligerents. A certain nostalgia exists for those days when Canada was front and centre around the globe, our troops wearing the distinctive blue berets and attempting to stop factions from killing each other. It was

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