This is the day we honour those valiant citizens who responded to the call of duty in World Wars I & II and subsequently in Korea. Those conflicts appeared to demand our participation in order to protect our national interests. Recent wars don’t strike me as having the same kind of need.
We have sent our troops to Afghanistan in support of the US goal of finding Bin Laden, the self-proclaimed instigator of the Sept. 11/01 attacks on the twin towers in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, DC and the commandeered airliner that crashed in Pennsylvania. The Americans under President George W. Bush subsequently diverted most of their military resources to a fraudulent attack on Iraq. Our Canadian contingent was scheduled to pull out of Afghanistan in February 2009. Our current Prime Minister, Stephan Harper extended this fruitless mission to February 2011.
So far we have accomplished no significant gains against an amorphous enemy we call the Taliban who are called insurgents by our side and the corrupt Karzai government. If foreign troops were in my country I suspect that I would be an "insurgent" too except I would call myself a ‘freedom fighter’.
Now Harper wants to extend our troop presence in Afghanistan again beyond the Feb. 2011 deadline on the pretext that the remaining soldiers would be out of combat and have strictly a training role for the Afghan army. In fact, the Canadian army is already in a training role for the Afghans and this role takes those troops into harm’s way in the process and that would certainly continue. In fact, our "peacekeeping" missions also resulted in casualties too.This new gambit is perpetrating a fraud on our soldiers and the rest of Canada. Anyway, the Afghans have been at war with intruders for centuries and certainly know how to fight. But why are we surprised when they don’t want to fight for the corrupt leaders that are propped up by the West?
We need a careful review of the role of our Canadian Armed Forces. We continue to operate under a false premise that the need for our military is just another variation of the job our men and women undertook in previous conflicts going back over half a century. We have no business indulging in wars perpetrated by the likes of a corporatist USA. Our responsibilities as a member of the community of nations is to protect our citizens from all threats, whether natural or imposed, and not to go off adventuring abroad on behalf of some other nation’s corporate interests.
Let’s call for an intensive, comprehensive analysis of what our country really needs in terms of protecting and nurturing our best interests. This may be difficult for those who like to revel in some kind of a warrior fantasy dream but outdated attitudes are a total waste of our resources, especially our young and valiant soldiers.
Remember, when you have to declare war, you know you have lost the battle.