|You can sling a lot of bombs from an F-15, eh Saudi Arabia?
There's a split in the Liberal ranks over Canada's role in our notional air war against ISIS. Should we be bombing ISIS forces in Iraq? Should we expand our missions into Syria?
Some, like the Loudmouth Liberal see this as our moral duty, utterly unassailable. Our six CF-18s are needed to keep these monsters at bay. It's our duty as real Canadians to do our bit.
This is where a little perspective might come in handy. Now, ISIS is a fundamentalist Sunni band of brigands. These insurgent/rebels had to come from somewhere and nobody's pointing fingers at Shiite Iran. That's because they're largely from the Sunni Gulf States.
Let's have a look at some of those Sunni countries in the neighbourhood. First up is Egypt. What could Sunni Egypt contribute to this melee? Egypt is the fourth-largest operator of the F-16. They've got about 228 of those. Add to that 18 Mirage 2000s and 200-older jet fighters.
How about the Sunni Saudis? They've got even better stuff. 150 F-15s, 40 Eurofighter Typhoons, and 80 Panavia Tornadoes. That's a mittful. Next up, Sunni Jordan. The RJAF has about 60 F-16s. Sunni Kuwait has 35 F-18s and they're a lot newer than ours. Even Sunni Qatar has a dozen Mirage 2000s.
Oh yeah, I've left out NATO's Muslim member, Sunni Turkey. It's one of a handful of countries that actually produces its own F-16s and they currently operate about 260 of those multirole fighters with more coming off the line all the time.
All totaled that comes out to well over 800 combat aircraft that would be just dandy for suppressing Sunni ISIS. It's an aerial armada big enough that they could pretty much do the job by dropping bricks if there is ever a bomb shortage. There's so many of them they could darken the sky.
So, to sum up, THEY have many hundreds of modern multi-role fighters parked right on ISIS' doorstep. WE have six F-18s. Do you really think the war against ISIS needs six Canadian fighters? But, if we really are needed, what are all these Sunni Arab air forces doing exactly?
As I pointed out last evening, we know what the Saudis are doing. They're bombing the guys who are battling (Sunni) ISIS and al Qaeda fighters in Yemen.