Oct 06, 2015
By Michael Kramer
A former high-ranking military commander has some criticism – for those who oppose military intervention in Iraq and Syria.
Former chief of defence staff – General Rick Hillier, says not much progress can be realized – until the leadership of Islamic State is taken out.
The fight against ISIS has become an election issue.
N-D-P Leader Tom Mulcair has said he would end bombing campaigns and other military action – and put more resources into refugee and humanitarian efforts.
But Hillier says the humanitarian crisis won’t end – unless the leaders of Islamic State are dealt with first.
And he says that means the air strikes must continue – as well as the ongoing presence of special forces in the region.
Hillier was in charge of Canada’s military between 2005 and 2008.