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Author:  psiclone [ Fri Sep 14, 2007 1:52 pm ]
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<strong>Written By:</strong> psiclone
<strong>Date:</strong> 2007-09-14 13:52:00
<a href="/article/114516106-seriously-folks">Article Link</a>

After 9/11 (starting with the previous Martin government) Canada, began to have impact in international matters -- thanks almost entirely to our revitalized military in Afghanistan, doing both fighting and reconstruction.

Sadly, for purely political purposes, Prime Minister Stephen Harper now seems eager to pull back from the thankless task of imposing peace. Maybe a safer, more passive role. He says early 2009 is the date for withdrawal -- by which time no one expects Afghanistan to be pacified.

Why this sudden change of mandate? It's surely not because our troops are unwilling to stay the course, or because Canadians want out.

No, it's because there's a political perception that Quebecers will not vote for a government that is resolved to stay in Afghanistan for as long as fighting soldiers are needed.

Harper so lusts for a majority government that he seems willing to trim our mandate in Afghanistan in hopes of winning Quebec votes. Like previous Tory parties, he bows to polls and listens to faint-hearts who fear a "conservative" agenda turns off voters.

We now have the unprecedented situation where Germany is "begging" (according to a Globe and Mail headline) Canada to continue in Afghanistan beyond 2009, with NATO echoing this theme.

Again, why is this?

<a href="http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Worthington_Peter/2007/09/14/4495591-sun.php">http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Worthington_Peter/2007/09/14/4495591-sun.php</a>

Author:  michou [ Fri Sep 14, 2007 6:47 pm ]
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Seriously folks, the author of this commentary sounds like a dork who has just discovered the glory of warmongering from the safety of his basement computer. Here’s my take on this fatuous talk. <p> Finally and after decades of trying, Canadians are no longer the laughing stock of the world. We have big guns, we kill Talibans and we are now something to be reckoned with. Finally, the world loves us, we have influence and damn it if we won’t impose our peace wherever we damn well choose. If it weren’t for those peacenik Québécers trying to influence our democracy, we’d sleep better at night knowing our soldiers in Afghanistan are protecting us from terrorists roaming our surbubian streets at home. <p> <li>Father Harper, don’t listen to Québec’s prayer and hear mine instead. <li>Father Harper, don't take away the world's love for Canada. <li>Father Harper, let our soldiers finish the job of killing off all bearded Talibans. <li>Father Harper, let our soldiers stay in Afghanistan. Amen.<p> -------------------------------------------------------<p> I’ve read lots of pieces on Afghanistan and their numerous asinine reasons for Canada's presence there but this nerdy commentary tops them all.<p>p.s.: The only two persons who really love Canada for being in Afghanistan are Bush and Bin Laden. <p>---<br>« Il y a une belle, une terrible rationalité dans la décision d'être libre. » - Gérard Bergeron <br />

Author:  Marcarc [ Fri Sep 14, 2007 8:45 pm ]
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Yes, sometimes I wonder if I'm at the right site when I read some of the stories. Gee, the majority of canadians have ALWAYS said that Afghanistan will fail. Like most countries, canadians don't like to see soldiers brought home in body bags.

Since Canada is doing frontline duty and takes the brunt of mortalities, then I'm not surprised that NATO wants to keep canadian soldiers there. It is because of the increasing protest against Afghanistan's mission that Harper is acquiescing, simple as that. We KNOW he personally wants nothing more than to line up canadian soldiers for whatever country the US wants to invade, even Iraq. This is political reality and why I LOVE minority governments.

Author:  4Canada [ Fri Sep 14, 2007 10:59 pm ]
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From the "If you tell a lie often enough...." ( I couldn't bring myself to call this
an article)

"In Afghanistan, for the first time since Suez, 1956, Canada, is being taken
seriously by those who matter, thanks to our military."

Who is this a-hole talking about? Who matters? It has been very obvious that
the majority of Canadians do not want our military to be occupying a country
that did nothing to us. The majority do not want to be fighting an
USAmerican empire building war. Who is MORE important than the majority
of Canadian citizens? Who?




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"The most sustainable product is the one you never bought in the first place."
Alex Steffan

Author:  4Canada [ Fri Sep 14, 2007 11:07 pm ]
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Furthermore, consider the source:<br />
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<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Worthington">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Worthington</a><p>---<br>"The most sustainable product is the one you never bought in the first place."<br />
Alex Steffan

Author:  rearguard [ Fri Sep 14, 2007 11:37 pm ]
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<blockquote>Worthington was criticized when it was revealed that he had informed to the American Federal Bureau of Investigation about the suspected political sympathies of a number of his friends including June Callwood.</blockquote> Me thinks Worthington got beaten up a lot when he was a kid.

Author:  Robert Payne [ Sat Sep 15, 2007 1:29 pm ]
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He writes for the Tory Sun and Mulroney is his boss
What can you expect

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