Aug 28 2007
Doublethink is alive and well around the world.
Canadians and Europeans surveyed in a recent poll strongly support sending United Nations peacekeepers to Iraq to oversee its democratic transition. 58 per cent of Canadians supported the idea (likely a lot less if they’d bothered surveying only the west coast, but whatever)- not exactly wholehearted support, but startling, given that our strained army has its hands full just keeping southern Afghanistan somewhat free of heroin-smuggling, RPG-toting jihadis… and Canadian politicians have thus far had the good sense to keep us the heck away from Baghdad.
The European’s much stronger support is even more eyebrow-raising, given that the UK is in the process of cutting its current troop levels in Iraq, the Italians got out long ago, and the French and Germans opposed armed intervention in Iraq from the get-go.
Just where do the people who took part in the survey think these UN peacekeepers are going to come from: China? Brazil? Cobra Island?
Pollsters, next time, try asking this question: do you support sending soldiers from your country to Iraq – knowing full well that by doing so, your soldiers will become the new priority target for every trigger-happy idiot with a Koran and an AK-74?
This poll is sooooo 2003.