Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Afghan people do not want us there

Tonight on the CBC National they were showing some Afghan civilians being interviewed. These people were very upset about the latest deaths of civilians by coalition forces, and Canada was mentioned as among those who were blamed. The people are greatly aggrieved and disappointed by these actions and said that they are not helping the peace efforts.

Steven Staples of and the Polaris Institute was also interviewed about these latest incidents, and about our role in that war-torn, embattled country.

I know that many of my fellow bloggers support our Afghanistan mission, whereas I do not, at least not in its present capacity. Now it looks more and more like the people don't want us there in this 'terror fighting' capacity either, regardless of what Karzai tells our Dear Leader. And yet, our Bush-clone PM signed us on for four more years!

Can anyone please tell me what we are really doing there? Don't get me wrong, I am all for helping the Afghan people rebuild their demolished country. What I am against is fighting civilians and backing up the US military muscle. It was reported that an investigation is underway in our role in this latest spate of civilian casualties. The US is not having such an investigation though, to them, civilian casualties are simply 'collateral damage'.

And we have no troops to spare in Darfur, where innocent people are killed in insane numbers, and where we could help. Instead, our PM is sending in more money. How can we justify this disparity?

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