If you were Prime Minister, how would you have handled the issue of whether or not to extend Canada's mission in Libya?

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This is an interesting question. As should be expected there is no one correct answer and what makes this question even more difficult is that there are so many factors and variables. As you probably know, Canada has taken a more US style policy in the Middle East. In addition,...

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This is an interesting question. As should be expected there is no one correct answer and what makes this question even more difficult is that there are so many factors and variables. As you probably know, Canada has taken a more US style policy in the Middle East. In addition, Canada has more influence is NATO and they are even getting involved in direct military operations. So, in other words, Canada is involved.

If I were the Prime Minister, I would choose not to get involved for three reasons. First, there are domestic issues that need to taken care of. For instance, the economy is still rocky and issues of job creation and social welfare need to be examined.

Second, the problems in the Middle East will continue for a long time. Direct Western involvement may not solve anything. Free elections may cause more harm. What happens if a more radical person gets elected?

Third, where do we stop with intervention? Iran, North Korea? Unless there is a firm principle, the criticism of inconsistency is real.

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