Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you, Minister Ablonczy, Minister Baird, and our officials for being here today.
Minister Baird, as you know, there's a very large Syrian Canadian community in Canada. I have met with members of the Syrian community in the Toronto area. I know that other members of this committee have met with Syrian Canadians from other parts of Canada. They're very concerned, obviously, about what's going on in Syria, and they are concerned about the welfare of their family and friends. Many have asked us whether or not Canada could participate with its international allies in some kind of a mission in Syria similar to the mission that occurred in Libya.
You were involved very significantly, obviously, in the preparation for the Libya mission, and you are very involved in Canada's response to the crisis in Syria. Could you lead us through the issue and the differences between those two situations? Could you tell us what differences there are, and why the situation may not lend itself to a military solution, as it did in Libya?
I also note that at least one Canadian senator has called for some kind of an intervention.