Libya: Do you agree with Canada's mission there?
A Tomahawk missile is seen through night vision goggles after it was launched March 19 from the USS Barry in the Mediterranean Sea. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Saturday Canadian fighter jets will soon join the military effort. (U.S. Navy/Reuters)
Canadian fighter jets have launched their first mission over Libya from Trapani, Italy.
The CF-18s did not participate in a bombing mission, but served as armed escorts for fighters of another nation, which did bomb, the CBC's James Cudmore reported.
Canadian planes are expected to begin bombing missions as soon as Monday night.
They're taking part in the massive international military intervention against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and forces loyal to him.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said there are no guarantees that civilians or Canadian military personnel can avoid getting hurt in the mission.
"These campaigns are complicated and one cannot promise perfection," he told reporters Saturday in Paris, following an emergency summit with representatives from the United States, as well as European and Arab nations.
Harper reiterated the UN mandate does not call for ground troops and said he believes the international aerial and naval operations will put the squeeze on the longtime Libyan ruler's authority.
In an interview Saturday on CBC Radio's The House, Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said Canada is "open to all options" in responding to the Libyan crisis.
When asked by host Kathleen Petty if that includes "boots on the ground," Cannon said if that were required to "protect citizens that are being literally murdered by [Libyan leader Moammar] Gadhafi, that's what the resolution calls for."
Do you agree with Canada's mission in Libya? What are your thoughts on the Canadian contribution to the military intervention?
(This survey is not scientific. It is based on readers' responses.)
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