Military assets will be deployed to what location Mr. Hillier? Latakia, in Syria? Kobane, on the Syrian-Turkish border? Iskenderun in Turkey? Mosul in Iraq?
ISIS is operating in Mosul and Kobane. The Turks don't want more refugees on their turf even momentarily. The Russians have blocked out Latakia and Tartus in Syria. Some of the governments involved see not "refugees" but "criminals in flight" and would cheerfully invoke the ancient border law of Hot Trod. The idea of another Ayatollah Khomeini hanging out in Paris on the Left Bank and organizing their local insurrection is not considered appealing. And just in case - the Islamic State sees itself as a State.
To be honest, I don't have a problem with going into any of the places I have mentioned and recreating Kandahar 2007-2011. In fact I think it is the right course of action.
But it would require a Canadian Brigade and not a Battlegroup. And it would require a permanent presence (no exit strategies are possible in an area that saw urban warfare 5500 years ago
. And it would require a willingness to authorizing Strategic Corporals to spill blood according to their assessment of local conditions - and tolerate their occasional screw ups. But I am sure Mr. Hillier knows that better than me.
As to accepting refugees at a faster rate. I might actually be okay with that. The value of the existing rules and procedures can be debated - but now is not the time to be debating them. We should operate under the existing rules. What is the availability of qualified personnel trained in the existing procedures? How many of them are available to turn the wheel faster, while still maintaining existing Quality Control standards, so that more refugees of the quality currently accepted can be accepted in a shorter period of time?
Is it appropriate to divert resources from other tasks so that, for example, these young girls
could NOT be accepted as refugees in Canada?
One of two sisters sentenced to be gang-raped in India has spoken of her fear that the village elders who ordered the vile punishment will send someone to carry it out.
Because frankly I would rather have those two girls, and their brother, and his girlfriend/wife and their parents as neighbours than any of these gentlemen.
But hey, that's just me. And my name isn't Hillier.
Edited to incorporate the correct image.
PS - and if you wish to debate how long race has played a role in the affairs of man: Sumer, now southern Iraq, was the land of the "ung sang gig-ga". Translated that means the black headed people: their own name for themselves and not a pejorative. They invaded the turf circa 3600 BC - coincident with the urban warfare mentioned above. The locals that were there before them are currently known as the Ubaid culture.