Peacekeeping in Canada

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Peacekeeping is a major issue right now in Canada. It was also a major issue right after World War II. "After the Second World War, tensions between the democratic and communist countries escalated. The USSR successfully assumed control over Romania, Poland and Bulgaria. In February 1948, Josef Stalin's Red Army marched across Eastern Europe and staged a bloodless coup in Czechoslovakia. Canada, Britain and the United States responded immediately and met in secret to discuss the possibility of a collective security pact against their UN partner, the USSR."(CBC Radio). Even in September 15th of 1947, Canada was apart of peacekeeping; no matter how tough it may have been. "All nations that were to join the UN had to sign were expected to sign and obey the promise of protecting other nations from wars. This Charter was called The Charter of the United Nations."(Smith, Carl F 388). The UN forces were not allowed to use their weapons, unless when used for self-defence.

The first UN peacekeeping operation took place in 1956, during the Suez Crisis. Canada used to care about peacekeeping and kept up with the UN. Now it seems like Canada doesn't care about peacekeeping with the UN anymore. "The leadership in the Canadian military now seems more concerned with plugging our soldiers into defence alliances -- like NATO -- and "coalitions of the willing" that have little or nothing to do with the UN. The trend over the past decade has been to move away from UN peacekeeping (a task that involves more than just the skills of a combat-ready soldier) and towards peace enforcement (a more robust and aggressive type of operation)."(Edmonton Journal). It seems like everyone is noticing that Canada isn't really involved in the UN anymore. Canadian government should be able to keep up with...