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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Suffering Withdrawal

Here is a good article in today's NOW Magazine about the NDP's call for Canada's pullout of troops from Afghanistan:

Suffering withdrawal
What we missed in the fog of the NDP's call for a troop pullout

By ANDREW CASH

This must be part of what is meant by the term "the fog of war." One day Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor muses publicly that the Taliban cannot be beaten militarily, and the next he ships a half-dozen more tanks to the region.

It's no wonder federal NDP leader Jack Layton felt the only way to cut through the murk was with the pointy end of a sharp slogan: "Let's bring the troops home."

While he's created a bit of haze himself by being too vague on the details of how a withdrawal could be executed, the slogan he's selling is more complex than meets the eye.

"It is really a banner demand," says Steven Staples of the Polaris Institute. "The demand to withdraw is an expression of the frustration about the mission on the ground and the intransigence of the federal government. If the government were to shift strategy in a meaningful way, then many of us would change our position."

Read more here.

2 comment(s):

gives a whole new meaning to 'pull and pray'.

By Blogger Scout, at 11:08 PM  

Yep, sure does.

By Blogger Annamarie, at 11:58 PM  

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