Apr 10 2008
“The Canadian Military Should Leave Afghanistan at Once“. That’s the topic of the debate going on at the Vancouver Public Library next week. Representing the side of good will be Canadian Women4Women in Afghanistan co-founder Lauryn Oates, versus a spokesperson for the morally-bankrupt propaganda ministry that is Stopwar.ca.
LOCATION: Alice Mackay Room, Lower Level,
Vancouver Public Library, Downtown (Homer & Robson)
Doors open at 7:15 pm. Seating limited to the first 300.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
7:30 – 9:00 pm
On the one hand, I suppose it’s a good thing that the public gets another chance to think about our involvement in Afghanistan in a public space. On the other hand, I can’t believe we’re still here, talking about nonsense resolutions that have no bearing on what’s happening now, as opposed to five years ago.
In poll after poll, Afghans tell us they want international forces in Afghanistan (even in the Pashtun areas where the Taliban got their start). The UN has repeatedly voted to support this mission and UN Secretary Ban Ki Moon is an enthusiastic supporter of our Canadian efforts. Our parliament has voted to extend this mission to 2011. Most importantly, everyone — even the Stopwar.ca people — know that if NATO leaves Afghanistan, hundreds of thousands of people will die.
Canada may not be the most powerful country in the world, but we have the eighth-richest economy, a well-trained professional army and a heritage of fighting the good fight for freedom and human rights. We’ve shown leadership on this. Hell, we are leaders on this — the US marines are taking orders from us in southern Afghanistan.
The mission is a good one. Rather than beating a dead horse about whether we should stay or go, now is the time to decide how best we can help Afghanistan now that we are involved for the long run.
If you agree, please consider joining a group that believes that human rights are universal and worth fighting for.