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.