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Think twice before sending peacekeepers to Africa

By Scott Taylor      

Our soldiers’ lives are too precious to be squandered in pursuit of vague goals in far-off lands wherein Canada has no real skin in the game.

A UN peacekeeper patrols as a resident gathers wood in the Beni region of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on March 14, 2014. UN photograph by Sylvain Liechti

OTTAWA—This week, Harjit Sajjan, Canada’s minister of national defence, is travelling around central and eastern Africa, desperately looking for a peacekeeping mission to which he intends to commit Canadian troops. During the election campaign last fall, the Trudeau Liberals promised that, if elected, they would re-engage Canada more closely with United Nations traditional peacekeeping missions, presumably rather than have our troops support the United States-led coalitions in actual shooting wars. Part of that pledge was sort of upheld

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