The Illusion of Independence Joudry3
Despite being not being officially involved in the invasion of Iraq, Canada was
“formally thanked for its efforts”
by a US Air Force lieutenant general in his report for its contribution of thirty-one troops and a contribution of naval ships to the mission.Lennox uses this to defend h
is position that Canada‟s indepe
ndence from the UnitedStates is a mere illusion. Despite publicly being against the war in Iraq, a war which hestates 70% of Canadians were opposed to, Canada did give aide, although minimal, to theUnited States. This was
made “all the more evident by the fact that the decision to send a
significant number of troops to Afghanistan was made almost as soon as it became clear
that the war against Saddam Hussein‟s regime would commence without UN approval”.
Lennox claims that due to
Canada‟s refusal to participate in the Iraqi invasion, the
government deployed an additional 1500 troops to Afghanistan to make amends with theUS government. This this freed up American troops to go to participate in the Iraq war.
“Saying „yes‟ to
making the move from Kabul to Kandahar was made in an effort to
compensate for saying „no‟ to first Iraq, and then BMD.” (p. 56).
Patrick Lennox does an effective job at revealing the illusion that Canada is anindependent nation from the United States. It is clear that the decision making process inCanada must always include the US in the equation. The hierarchy that exists in theinternational community cannot be ignored, especially that which exists between Canadaand the United States of America. It would not have the luxury of focusing on socialissues such as health care, as it would need to devote tax dollars to national defense andmilitary spending. Not only that, but Canada would lose its largest trading partner.Lennox succeeds in his article at revealing the illusion of indepedence of Canada.