Monday, December 15, 2014
Harper Races to Abbott's Aid in Australia's Moment of Need
Stephen Harper has pledged that "Australia will not stand alone" as he revealed that Canada's six remaining CF-18 fighters have been dispatched to an airbase "down under" from where they'll begin bombing strikes against ISIS targets in Sydney tomorrow.
Even though the hostage incident ended with Australian police storming the cafe and shooting the gunman, Harper said it's important the cafe be leveled as a warning to Islamic extremists and environmentalists around the world. He promised reconstruction aid to establish a Tim Horton's in its place.
Harper said while mosques will remain "more or less off-limits" a team of Canadian special forces is already scouring Sydney to identify targets such as fallafel stands or halal butcher shops for future airstrikes.
Canada's bombing mission to Australia is expected to last no more than six months but Harper said he won't be tied down by deadlines.
Harper angrily denied that the deployment will leave Canadian airspace undefended, saying that Canadian sovereignty will be protected by the United States Air Force, "just like they've been doing all along, ya ninny."
The prime minister has also dispatched foreign affairs minister, John Baird, and several dozen aides to tour the devastation. For his part, minister Baird said he's heard the after hours scene in Sydney is simply amazing.