It is against this backdrop that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plaintive appeals for “de-escalation” in the region ring hollow. Trudeau deserves credit for refusing to be goaded into blaming Trump for the downing of Flight 752, which took the lives of 57 Canadians, although by his equivocations and banalities — “If there was no escalation recently in the region, those Canadians would be right now home with their families” — he’s come perilously close.
It’s the “escalation recently” that gives away Trudeau’s woeful unfamiliarity with the course of events across the Middle East over the past decade, a bloody “escalation” that did not begin with Trump. It is an “escalation” that has led to the greatest refugee crisis since the Second World War and the bloodiest upheavals since the implosion of the Ottoman empire that followed the First World War.
Terry Glavin: There’s a revolution going on in the Mideast. Why doesn’t the West see that?
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