The Toronto Star
queried its readers what they thought about their (Canadian)troops being in Afghanistan, overwhelmingly, the answers were not favourably:
We should not be in this war. It is not our war. If we should be in Afghanistan, it should be under the role of peacemakers and peacekeepers. Let us regain this role, and the world's goodwill that went with it.
I think Canada's commitment to the mission in Afghanistan is foolhardy. How can one realistically believe that the West can impose democratic reform to this divided country that has been built upon the illicit opium trade? The Russians had the right idea when they finally decided to leave.
People should know that this mission is impossible when the General (Fraser) in charge won't tell us about the number of injured soldiers. What is this government hiding from us?
The Bush plan is a failure. Bullets, bombs and funerals are not the stepping stones to peace. Education, health, agriculture, clean water, just legal systems, sustainable industry ... these line the road to peace. As long as the Canadian mission is the Bush mission we are doomed to painful failure.