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  1. About one quarter of the people that answered this poll said that going into Afghanistan was a mistake and that they hoped we’d learned our lesson. One of the many lessons I’ve learned during our country’s time in Afghanistan is that there are too many weak-kneed weasels in this country quick to point the finger of blame. Canada in 2001 had a responsibility to stand by its allies and try and make a difference for the people of Afghanistan. The Canadian Armed Forces have nothing to apologize for. They did their bit and did it well. God bless the men and women willing to stand up for their country and for the downtrodden in others!

    • Nonsense.  If this is about fighting to liberate the downtrodden, where were we for the people of East Timor? The people of Tibet? The people of Sudan?    If we were truly sending our troops on missions to selflessly save the oppressed, I’d be cheering the Canadian military all the way.  But all we’re doing is helping an ally install a government favourable to oil pipeline development.  Soon as that’s out of the way, chances are, the women will all be back in burkas and Canada will be back to not giving a crap about them.

      • It is naive to think the underlying reason to engage in Afghanistan was to liberate the downtrodden. If Afghanistan had not become a base for exporting terrorism to the west, few people would have done more than offer a tsk tsk when hearing about the extremes of the Taliban. The war in Afghanistan was to neutralize the threat of ongoing exportation of violence to the west. It was a NATO obligation wherein, if you attack one member, you attack them all. Building roads, and schools, and hospitals, and planting pomegranates instead of poppies is an effort to establish an infrastructure and economic system that the people will desire more than the feudal/war lord system that has sustained the country for the past millennia. I suppose waging peace is a more noble form of warfare, and in this case, likely more effective than carpet bombing. Natural resources can provide a basis for sustained corporate imperialism.

        Has Canada’s engagement in Afghanistan been successful? Only if the threat of exported violence to a NATO country has been neutralized. Ask in about 20 years.

  2. What I like about Canada going into Afganistan was that it was like a not so subtle reply to the American call for allies in reaction to the World Trade Centre bombing. While Americans chase goblins in an oil rich country having no connection to the bombings, Canada helps in routing the training grounds for World Trade Centre bombers.

  3. nobody is suggesting our troops are anything but the best and served with courage and 157 gave their lives………..for what?as soon as nato forces are all gone civil war will return,schools will close and karzi and other corrupt pols will leave with the money.

  4. I support the men and women of the armed forces absolutely. My grandfather was a veteran of WWI and my father a veteran of WWII. The Canadian Armed Forces have a proud heritage. One of the problems with Afghanistan (and perhaps the only problem in essence) is the fact that many follow islam to the letter with its jihad, gender apartheid, honour killings and islamic supremacism. (I’m not making this up; it’s in the quran.) Until this changes (and I’m not holding my breath), very little good can be done that will stay after Canada has pulled out of Afghanistan. The only good I can see, is that the people of Afghanistan who have come in contact with the Canadian armed forces, have been introduced to an “alternative” (and I use this word reservedly) way of living and looking at life. I believe that the only thing that is likely to help the country is the education and empowerment of girls and women who will in turn bring up a new generation who will think differently.

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