Steve Harper has decided that it suits his "tough guy" self-image to order six Canadian CF-18 fighters to Europe, somewhere, to enforce the UN "no fly zone" edict over Libya.
This is about as blatant a stunt as they come. Six jets, what is that? Compared to Canada, Libya is on France's and Italy's doorstep. It's just a carrier deck away for the US Navy. It's barely a stroll around the block for the Brits. They can run air patrols virtually out of their backyards. For us, it's another matter entirely which is why we're sending just six aircraft and a legion of support personnel to some place to maybe do something, somewhere.
Think of the field day Gaddafi can have with this? Look at the Crusaders doing what they always do, coming to kick Muslim butt. And there are plenty of people predisposed by our adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan and our blatant support of Arab tyrants who won't have any trouble believing it.
It's not like there's any shortage of Arab muscle to do the job. Egypt is right next door and it has scads of every state-of-the-art vehicle and trinket necessary to deal with an old clown like Gaddafi.
But Canada? To enforce a meaningless no fly zone? With a massive force of six planes? That's a joke.