Feb 03 2008
The hijackers of Canada’s peace movement appear to be in for a fight.
Canada’s top soldier is telling certain partisan members of Canada’s political establishment to take a reality check about the Afghanistan mission. According to General Rick Hillier, we won’t be able to hand over their combat role to allied nations and the Afghan National Army in 2009 (Reuters).
“If you’re there, you’re going to be in the middle of a firefight,” he says. “This is the home of the Taliban.” No kidding.
While the likes of Vancouver’s MAWO’s propagandists like to portray the Taliban as heroic freedom fighters in a life and death struggle for self-determination, the truth is that most Afghans aren’t Taliban, most Afghans want and need the international community to help them, and Afghanistan and the rest of the world is undoubtedly better off without the Taliban.
That said, Canadians and the international community ought not to be writing the Afghan government a blank check. Afghan journalist Sayed Pervez Kambaksh had the audacity to download a report on women’s rights and for this was sentenced to death by an Islamic court.
Canadians can do something about this right now (Thanks to fiery activist Terry Glavin for these detailed instructions): Write Prime Minister Stephen Harper (Harper.S@parl.gc.ca) urging him to take a very hard line on Sayed’s case – he should tell President Karzai that the charges against Sayed should be dropped, or at the very least that he must be assured of a fair trial, and the death sentence be overturned immediately. Write Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier, too (BerniM@parl.gc.ca), along with a dignified protest letter to His Excellency Omar Samad, Afghanistan’s ambassador to Canada (firstname.lastname@example.org).