Monday, September 18, 2006

Canadians speak out against Afghan involvement

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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Canada, such a quiet country. At least they are hiding injured soldiers and not dead ones.
Are they involved in the Iraqi mud?

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Yohay Elam said...

Oops, I wrote the words above...

5:37 PM  
Blogger El Mas Ching√≥n said...

So the lying isn't confined to U.S. troops. What a tragedy. The Canadians got suckered into this, too.

4:00 AM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Yohay, no they are not involved in Iraq. But..a washington post article just came out talking about Canadian duplicity in lying about evidence against a Muslim Canadian who then got deported to Syria and tortured..people who lie know how to find each other don't they? Robbie, lying seems to be an equal opportunity thing..imagine that!

9:57 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

I admit to being troubled with this issue. While I detest the Canadian swing into the US 'might is right' camp and am not happy with the shift from nation builder to Taliban-hunter...I am somewhat supportive of the UN sponsored NATO mission there.

If the Taliban were to take over again as pre-2001, women and girls had better hide. NOt to mention anyone with any views on human rights and personal freedom.

What I'm unsure of is whether anything will prevent that - especially a somewhat small and militarily oriented international mission.

The US left Afghanistan to fester and heading off to Iraq to make a mess there - too bad.

9:40 AM  

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