Globalism vs Internationalism

by Ana-Maria on Mai 6, 2017 - 3:16pm

As many know, the ongoing conflict in Syria has triggered the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Million of people inside Syria need urgent help, including those who are internally displaced. Indeed, hundreds of people have died during the conflict and many more are injured every day. More than that, thousands of Syrians have sought refuge in the neighbouring countries of Egypt, Iraq, Turkey, etc. and thousand more have made the harrowing journey to Europe in search of a better life. In brief, the Syrian conflict has, without any doubt, draw the attention of “developed” countries like Canada.

Since the conflict started Canada has given generously to the various international efforts to support the Syrian people, including those living as refugees in neighbouring countries. Until today, Canada has committed humanitarian, development and security assistance in response to the Syrian crises. More than that, Canada has actively contributed to surveillance aircraft and a refuelling plane to the coalition fighting ISIL in Iraq and send special forces on the ground. However, some wonder if Canada could do more. Indeed, in the article wrote by David Pugliese in the national post, the author is wondering if Canada will finally get military involved in Syria. According to the article, the Liberal government has no plan to join other nations in the training of Syrian forces, who are fighting both the Syrian government as well as the troops from the extremist Islamic State.

The fact is that, concerning the Syrian conflict, Canada is approaching the subject by an isolated worldview which consists of remaining apart from the affairs or interests of other countries and especially from their political affairs. In other words, those outside borders of the country are responsible for themselves and that letting them involve Canada in their affairs commits us to alliances limiting our flexibility of action, and potentially forcing us into disastrous wars. Nevertheless, politicians in the West, today, generally tend to care about the “strategic” situation and so tend to be less isolationist than they campaign on. Indeed, we live in a world, whether we like it or not it is difficult to pretend that other nations do not exist. Thus, active engagement is necessary and the outside world is too important to be ignored. In other words, countries like Canada are adopt a mixt of globalism, which is promoting the development of worldwide interconnections and interdependencies, and internationalism which is a philosophy that believes a nation should not concern itself (or not much) with affairs of the world.

In my opinion, by offering refugees resettlement, humanitarian assistance, funds and security to Syria, Canada should try to stay away from the military involvement in this conflict. The fact is that Canada’s humanitarian assistance funding is helping to meet the food, shelter, health, protection and emergency education needs of Syrians affected by the crisis. Also, Canada is providing security-related assistance to address the impact of the Syrian crisis, both in Syria and in the region. These funds will help mitigate the threat of chemical weapons and other weapons and materials of mass destruction. Therefore, I do not think that it will be good for the Canadian government to get military involved in Syria because the country is helping enough by not sending Canadian troops in war zones.

Do you think that a country like Canada should get involved in the affairs of other countries or it should stay out of it and do not mind about the world's problems? Should a country adopt globalism or internationalism as a worldview?



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