Sep 10 2009

More Than Enough Stomach for the Fight

Published by at 8:03 am under Afghanistan,canadian politics,USA

Caught our recently-returned Canadian diplomat Robert Fowler’s take the other day on Afghanistan: West lacks stomach to deal with Afghanistan: Fowler

Notwithstanding that the headline ascribes a view to Fowler that he doesn’t appear to hold, the statement itself is untenable anyway.

Try these headlines on for size:

West lacks stomach to deal with Nazis

West lacks stomach to deal with Empire of the Sun

West lacks stomach to deal with Soviets

Our societies have beaten fascists before and we did it when the thugs had the manpower and resources of empires. With all due respect to our honorable soldiers in the field and innocent civilians caught in the crossfire, compared with previous world-ranging conflicts against evil, the fight against the Taliban is a cake-walk.

Getting down to brass tacks of casualty rates, Canada sacrificed over 45,000 braves to help in the liberation of Europe and Asia. The loss of life by our soldiers fighting for Afghanistan’s freedom has thus far been limited to about three platoons. It’s cliche (and true) that every life is precious, but in the world of realpolitik, a lack of casualties by our side seems to distinguish this conflict from previous wars, contradicting the common portrayal of Afghanistan as a hopeless military quagmire.

I simply can’t believe that these acid-spritzing, girl-beating, school-burning, hostage beheading neighborhood thugs will win.

The Taliban are not the Wermacht. They can be beaten. So long as virtually all Afghans reject the Taliban and are willing to fight for their freedom, we should have the courage to stand by them. I know we do.

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4 responses so far

4 Responses to “More Than Enough Stomach for the Fight”

  1. dillonon 10 Sep 2009 at 10:39 am

    Is this Fowler the same beaurocrat from Natonal Defence who wouldn’t approve the purchase of properly armoured troop carriers. If so then his opinions should be regarded as what they are; tripe.

    More important is the question: Whose payroll was he on when captured and what was the purpose of his trip? Higly suspect.

  2. Terry Glavinon 10 Sep 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Damn good one, Jonathon.

  3. jnarveyon 10 Sep 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Thanks, Terry. I was pleased to read your piece from today as well, http://transmontanus.blogspot.com/2009/09/seventy-years-ago-today-canada-goes-to.html

    We’re all still in to win. My mood has definitely brightened this past week, despite the continuing coverage of election shenanigans.

    It’s been eight years of a tough slog, but finally, we’ve at least had eight weeks where the kind of manpower and resources that should have been used in the first place are finally being brought to bear, to good effect.

    So long as the political situation stabilizes (at this point, I’m cheering for the “anyone-but-Karzai” ticket), I believe 2010 is the year that breaks the Taliban for the foreseeable future into a FARC-type of threat — violent, resilient as cockroaches, but ultimately weak in the face of roughly-consolidated Afghan sovereign power.

  4. Terry Glavinon 10 Sep 2009 at 8:43 pm

    That’s the spirit, Jonathon.

    And FARC the rest of them.

    Cheers,

    t

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