Photo: MCpl Kevin Paul, Canadian Forces Combat Camera

Its time to go

Edmonton Alberta, Friday June 22, 2007, by : William Dascavich

I believe it is time that Canadians supported our troops by lobbying the federal government to pull them out of Afghanistan. The war there is unwinnable. Despite the rosy pictures and statements of our “successes” there by government and military officials, the Afghan people have never allowed foreigners to tell them what to do and how to do it. They repelled invasions by the Persians, Alexander the Great, the Kushans, Hepthalites, Arabs, Turks, Mongols, British and the Soviets. They have their own culture and it has withstood the test of centuries.

The excuse that the Canadian government “was invited” to send troops by the Afghan government rings hollow. Speaking in Madison, USA, on March 8, 2006, Malalai Joya, Member of Parliament in the Karzai government in Afghanistan, charged that the government there of is made up of former Taliban officials, warlords, drug lords, and militia commanders. Installed with the blessing of the U.S.A. after its invasion in 2001, the government lacks legitimacy with the Afghan people.

Canada is becoming mired in a Vietnam-like situation in Afghanistan, and should pull out before too many more lives are sacrificed.


William Dascavich


Editor's note on picture: This picture was taken yesterday at Ma'Sum Ghar in Afghanistan below is the commentary on the image by Canadian Armed Forces:

Afghan children gather in the roadway to watch as a patrol of Afghan and Canadian soldiers pass through their village near the Canadian Forward Operating Base (FOB) at Ma'sum Ghar, Afghanistan. Left to right: Afghan soldier, Canadian Forces Warrant Officer Stefan Meinert, Sergeant John Nicholson.

The patrol is being supervised by Canada's Operational Mentoring Liaison Team (OMLT), a group of military advisors coaching the Afghan soldiers in operations, tactics and training.

About 2500 members of the Canadian Forces (CF) are currently serving as part of Joint Task Force Afghanistan. Most of the soldiers are stationed at Kandahar Airfield and at Camp Nathan Smith, CanadaÕs Provincial reconstruction Team (PRT) in Kandahar City. Other personnel are assigned to various military headquarters, a support base, and civilian organizations.

They play a key role in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force mission whose goal is to improve the security situation in Afghanistan and assist in rebuilding the country.
Photo: MCpl Kevin Paul, Canadian Forces Combat Camera


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