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No gold stars for pulling troops from places they shouldn’t have been

By Scott Taylor      

If the true rule of the jungle is that ‘might is right,’ then let’s start being honest with ourselves and quit the hypocritical moral posturing.

Canadian Armed Forces members board a CC-130J Hercules aircraft during Operation Impact, Canada's mission in Iraq, in August 2018. Canadian troops are participating in a U.S.-led multinational coalition in Iraq, which invited the foreign military in the country, unlike Syria and Libya, where the American government said its own soldiers will be leaving. Operation Impact photograph courtesy of the Department of National Defence

OTTAWA—For those who read through to the back pages of the newspaper’s world affairs section, the conflict in Libya has been back in the news of late. For a country that has been consumed by violent anarchy since NATO-led rebels toppled the Muammar Gaddafi regime in October 2011, a renewed outbreak of hostilities hardly seems worthy of note. However, this time around there was a bizarre new twist.

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