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Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre helps a newly-arrived Syrian refugee with a pair of winter boots at Montreal’s Pierre Elliot Trudeau international airport, on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson


Samer Beylouneh Marie Belona

Newly-arrived Syrian refugee Samer Beylouneh, left, wipes a tear as his daughter Laila is greeted by her aunt Marie Belona, centre, at a welcome centre, in Montreal, on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. The family, originally from Aleppo, has been reunited after eight years. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson



A Rescue Operation

A third plane transporting Syrian refugees landed in Montreal yesterday, 12 December 2015. Some refugees have family in Canada whom they haven’t seen for some years. Also greeting Syrians refugees are Syrians who moved to Canada at an earlier date in the Syrian Civil War.


There hasn’t been a worse humanitarian crisis, since WWII. The number of victims is now higher than 5,000,000 (five million). So despite the difficulties Canadians are experiencing, we have to open our doors to fellow human beings. We also have to fight war and terrorism. The two are somewhat different.


One shouldn’t worry unnecessarily. Isis is not moving to Canada nor are rebel factions. As I wrote earlier, Canada does not issue official documents, a Social Insurance Number and a Health Insurance Card, to people who have not been identified. The real risk is that the refugees may not be able to adapt to new circumstances. We may fail them.

Fighting Terrorism

There have been strikes against Isis and the process has not ended. But by taking refugees, I hope we are sending a clear message. We are not allowing Isis to kill people. Canada’s only engagement at the moment is of a humanitarian nature. Our fighter jets have been removed. Canada’s military is now involved in picking up refugees and flying them out to safety.

By picking up victims, we are frustrating Isis. They cannot kill the persons we are removing. Nations taking in refugees are depriving Isis of a target.  Let’s continue to take the target away.

But let us also tell the countries of the Middle East that no one is better equipped to fight extremism in the Middle East than the countries of the Middle East themselves.

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Quebec Premier Dr Couillard welcoming refugees

Quebec Premier Dr Philippe Couillard

This picture shows Quebec Premier Dr Philippe Couillard at the Montreal airport. All refugees will be provided with medical care immediately. Quebec Premier Dr Philippe Couillard is sponsoring a Syrian family personally.




© Micheline Walker
13 December 2015