On Jan. 7 I warned that Mali was not a promising spot for a well-intentioned do-gooder intervention. And I said that while the Harper Administration was hammering on the talking point that “Canada is not contemplating a military mission in Mali” their position was characteristically firm but flexible and the denials and qualifications “could mean anything, nothing or both.” So it proved.
For now we find that we are in fact going to send a C-17 military transport plane, flown by people in uniform, to deliver military equipment to assist French military action in Mali. To be sure, it’s not a big military mission… at least not yet. And ideally our people will neither fire nor be fired upon. But if troops assisting with combat activities in some foreign country are not a military mission it seems to me that words don’t mean what they did back when the dictionary was compiled.
As I warned about those denial-like objects.