Apr 25 2007
Canada’s opposition parties are in a hurry to get our troops out of harms way and replaced by forces from other NATO nations. It’s fair enough to reject an open-ended commitment to Afghanistan with no strings attached.
But one wonders whether they would really feel all that terrible if no other NATO ally stepped up to the plate and Afghanistan descended into the same kind of chaos that birthed the Taliban regime in the first place.
Instead of arbitrary deadlines, the opposition might instead at least propose benchmarks for Canadians and our NATO allies to measure success and logically determine the prospects for a continuing mission. But for now, all we can see from Stephane Dion’s Liberals is unrealistic and cynical foreign policy on the fly and from the NDP, the appeasement of civilization’s enemies.