Mar 03 2009

Globe and Post – What Winning Means In Afghanistan

“Frankly, we are not going to ever defeat the insurgency,” Prime Minister Harper says in a CNN interview that no doubt gave our allies a cold feeling in the pit of their stomach. Not to mention the effect it might have on Kabulis.

Lost cause? OK, then. Get the troops home on the next flight out and wish our Afghan friends the best of luck when the warlords divide up the country, minus a peaceful Quebec-style referendum. Oh, and watch as Al Queda sets up shop the next day as honored guests in the territory of their newly resurgent Taliban allies.

Is Harper lowering expectations? It seems like what he’s really saying, if you take the time to watch the full interview, is that Afghanistan may end up much like Columbia, Israel, the Philippines, Thailand, India and a host of other countries with long-term insurgencies that have to be “managed” by robust intervention from the centralized authority in the absence of knock-out power. Not exactly an optimistic view, but certainly not the abject surrender that plenty of journalists have made this out to be.

For a fuller discussion of this, check out my National Post Full Comment piece, Another New Definition of Victory in Afghanistan.

A Special Invitation To Currents Readers: Join the Canada Afghanistan Solidarity Committee for a special event in celebration of International Women’s Day.

On March 5th, 2009, we will screen “Faith Without Fear”, a documentary film by Canadian activist Irshad Manji, author of “The Trouble With Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in her Faith”. The film touches on the themes of self-censorship and cultural relativism, two issues which often characterize debate over Canada’s role in Afghanistan.

For more information, go to the Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee website.

Cost of Admission: $12 Regular; $8 Students

Please RSVP
By Phone 604.781.3151
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