Afghanistan: A reminder of why we are there, and why we aren’t winning the peace.


Killed in the line of duty: Dawe, Bartsch, Watkins, Bason. May they rest in peace.

On a day that six young Canadian heroes lost their lives to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, I thought the timing would be right for this post. It’s time to remind us all why, nearly six years after the start of the mission, why we are fighting in Afghanistan.

  • 24 Canadians were among the nearly 3,000 dead in the September 11, 2001 massacre.
  • The massacre was perpetrated by an Islamo-fascist mafia operating freely in Afghanistan.
  • The Islamo-fascist mafia was operating freely in Afghanistan as the “guests” of the country’s Islamo-fascist government, known as the “Taliban”. (an aside: Taleban is the Pashtun word for students – yes, this was a movement brought by well-off university-goers, not the make-believe poor-disenfranchised-youth that the left waxes romantic about.)
  • The Islamo-fascist mafia, led by Osama Bin Laden, had openly and repeatedly declared war on the Western world.
  • Prior to 9/11, The Taliban hosts were best known for destroying the magnificent centuries-old Buddhist statues at Bamiyan, drawing the ire of both left and right, including condemnation by the United Nations.
  • The Taliban imposed a code of “morals” that were more barbaric than those of Saudi Arabia. Homosexuals were buried alive and crushed by falling brick walls. Women were treated with hellish oppression. All major homosexual and women’s rights organizations – no “neo-cons”, they – were loud and relentless in their condemnation.
  • The 9/11 massacre was a great victory for the Islamo-fascists and their desire for worldwide dominance. Millions of Muslims from around the world – particularly, in the volatile Middle East – took it as a sign that the “strong horse” was the Islamo-fascists, not the West.

So, now that Jack Layton has once again stomped on the unburied bodies of dead Canadian heroes to further his aim of starting negotiations with the Taliban on the terms of our defeat, the time has come to ask the left: WHERE ARE YOUR PRINCIPLES?

That being said, there is a legitimate debate here to be had – a debate that, unfortunately, rarely has a chance to surface above the infantile “let’s pull out/can’t pull out” argument that the left constantly imposes on the rest of us. That debate is: what do we need to do to permanently win the peace in Afghanistan, and why isn’t it happening yet?

Undoubtedly, there are tactical mistakes being made, as well as the politically-correct ideological blinder that world leadership has imposed on the effort (starting with President Bush’s well-intentioned but foolish moniker, “The War on Terror”). Until the world comes to terms with the fact that Islam itself has inherent pathologies that make it an incubator for tribalism, misogyny, aggressiveness, brutality, and intolerance, the micro war on radicalism in Afghanistan, and the macro war on Islamism around the world, cannot be won. (I’d love to be more politically correct here, but after six years of reading countless books and articles on the topic, I haven’t come across a single convincing thread of evidence to suggest that I’m wrong.)

Cruising around Afghanistan on pins-and-needles, handing out candies to children and building passable roads for farmers, will only get us so far. You can’t kill with kindness; and the Taliban must be killed. They must be constantly attacked and routed, while having an open invitation to the negotiating table to offer the terms of a full surrender to the NATO coalition.

I fear the peace efforts are being undermined by weak-kneed NATO leadership who can’t even get Europe to send troops into harm’s way. I fear that Canadian troops are both sitting ducks for Taliban assassins, and suckers for providing infrastructure that the enemy can either use (roads, hospitals, etc.) or destroy (girls’ schools, aid offices).

Dead Taliban can’t snipe Canadian soldiers. Dead Taliban can’t make a mockery of our humanitarian aid. We need more of this type of success (dead Dadullah, May 2007), and less handing out of candy to children.

(From September 2006) The four men were all remembered as good-humoured and hard-working troops.

The soldiers were handing out candy and notebooks to local children when the attacker rode up on a bicycle and detonated his explosives. Twenty-seven civilians were also injured in the attack, according to NATO.

This is what we are dealing with here – the lowest of the low on the morality scale; the highest of the high in barbarism. Only righteous fury will defeat this evil. But if we’re going to fight with post-modern “rules of engagement”, we’re doomed to a permanent stalemate.



Filed under Canadian Foreign Policy, Islamist-Leftist Alliance, The Confusion of The Left

2 responses to “Afghanistan: A reminder of why we are there, and why we aren’t winning the peace.

  1. alex

    You certainly have it right.

  2. I thought I would post a Sunday Telegraph Article : Salute to a brave and modest nation – Kevin Myers, The Sunday Telegraph LONDON

    Until the deaths of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan, probably almost no one outside their home country had been aware that Canadian troops are deployed in the region. And as always, Canada will bury its dead, just as the rest of the world, as always will forget its sacrifice, just as it always forgets nearly everything Canada ever does. It seems that Canada ‘s historic mission is to come to the selfless aid both of its friends and of complete strangers, and then, once the crisis is over, to be well and truly ignored.

    Canada is the perpetual wallflower that stands on the edge of the hall, waiting for someone to come and ask her for a dance. A fire breaks out, she risks life and limb to rescue her fellow dance-goers, and suffers serious injuries. But when the hall is repaired and the dancing resumes, there is Canada, the wallflower still, while those she once helped glamorously cavort across the floor, blithely neglecting her yet again.

    That is the price Canada pays for sharing the North American continent with the United States, and for being a selfless friend of Britain in two global conflicts. For much of the 20th century, Canada was torn in two different directions: It seemed to be a part of the old world, yet had an address in the new one, and that divided identity ensured that it never fully got the gratitude it deserved. Yet its purely voluntary contribution to the cause of freedom in two world wars was perhaps the greatest of any democracy.

    Almost 10% of Canada ‘s entire population of seven million people served in the armed forces during the First World War, and nearly 60,000 died. The great Allied victories of 1918 were spearheaded by Canadian troops, perhaps the most capable soldiers in the entire British order of battle. Canada was repaid for its enormous sacrifice by downright neglect, it’s unique contribution to victory being absorbed into the popular Memory as somehow or other the work of the “British.”

    The Second World War provided a re-run. The Canadian navy began the war with a half dozen vessels and ended up policing nearly half of the Atlantic against U-boat attack. More than 120 Canadian warships participated in the Normandy landings, during which 15,000 Canadian soldiers went ashore on D-Day alone. Canada finished the war with the third-largest navy and the fourth-largest air force in the world.

    The world thanked Canada with the same sublime indifference as it had the previous time. Canadian participation in the war was acknowledged in film only if it was necessary to give an American actor a part in a campaign in which the United States had clearly not participated – a touching scrupulousness which, of course,Hollywood has since abandoned, as it has any notion of a separate Canadian identity. So it is a general rule that actors and filmmakers arriving in Hollywood keep their nationality – unless, that is, they are Canadian. Thus Mary Pickford, Walter Huston, Donald Sutherland, Michael J. Fox, William Shatner, Norman Jewison, David Cronenberg, Alex Trebek, Art Linkletter and Dan Ackroyd have in the popular perception become American, and Christopher Plummer, British.

    It is as if, in the very act of becoming famous, a Canadian ceases to be Canadian, unless she is Margaret Atwood, who is as unshakably Canadian as a moose, or Celine Dion, for whom Canada has proved quite unable to find any takers. Moreover, Canada is every bit as querulously alert to the achievements of it’s sons and daughters as the rest of the world is completely unaware of them. The Canadians proudly say of themselves – and are unheard by anyone else – that 1% of the world’s population has provided 10% of the world’s peacekeeping forces. Canadian soldiers in the past half century have been the greatest peacekeepers on Earth – in 39 missions on UN mandates, and six on non-UN peacekeeping duties, from Vietnam to East Timor, from Sinai to Bosnia.

    Yet the only foreign engagement that has entered the popular un-Canadian imagination was the sorry affair inSomalia , in which out-of-control paratroopers murdered two Somali infiltrators. Their regiment was then disbanded in disgrace – a uniquely Canadian act of self-abasement for which, naturally, the Canadians received no international credit. So who today in the United States knows about the stoic and selfless friendship its northern neighbour has given it in Afghanistan? Rather like Cyrano de Bergerac, Canada repeatedly does honourable things for honourable motives, but instead of being thanked for it, it remains something of a figure of fun.

    It is the Canadian way, for which Canadians should be proud, yet such honour comes at a high cost. This past year more grieving Canadian families knew that cost all too tragically well.

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