Gabriel Fahel, Chair of the National Council on Canada-Arab Relations sent today the following letter to the Globe and Mail. To read the original article, click here

 

Waging diplomacy

The situation in Syria continues to deteriorate, and those paying the price are the millions of civilians. Lloyd Axworthy and Allan Rock offer an insightful perspective on the conflict (Our Moment to ‘Wage Diplomacy,’ Feb. 17).

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to withdraw from the bombing campaign against the Islamic State, coupled with humanitarian assistance and an “open doors-open arms” policy toward Syrian refugees, have allowed Canada to brandish its strengths beyond our able military.

Canada’s additional strength is its diplomatic tool box; understanding and engaging a complicated and complex part of the world is not advanced with a simplistic retort of bombs, but requires the skilled use of Canada’s diplomatic and humanitarian tools.