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Thursday, October 05, 2006

history of interloping in Afghanistan

I don't know what conclusions's Murray Dobbin intends us to draw from this argument, but he presents a very compelling reason to remain in Afghanistan. His column - "How the West Destroyed Afghanistan" - briefly casts the last 20+ years of Afghan history. He enumerates just how often America has involved itself in the affairs of the Afghan people, destabilizing a potentially democratic regime and enabling the Taliban.

This is precisely why the relativism of the NDP makes no sense. It is easy to realize the Taliban is a terrible thing, because it is a terrible thing of our making - and a very recent one at that.

When the Americans faced a short-term security threat, by way of the USSR, they imported, armed, and supported the Taliban. When they no longer saw involvement in Afghanistan as in the national interest, they promptly left their mess and went home. The Afghan people paid a very bitter price.

This is the social irresponsibility inherent in leaving Afghanistan now. We have reduced the country to utter dependency. We are now to declare that our interest lie elsewhere? That our troops would be better used to protect arctic sovereignty, as Jack Layton has suggested? That's an easy decision for us to make - we don't have to live with the ensuing civil war, nor the potential abuses of another undemocratic and illiberal regime.

Perhaps we should indeed recall, as Dobbin urges us, the words of Benjamin Franklin: 'The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.'


Blogger Herbinator said...

Geez, I thought you were an American with this post.

Your point is that we should be in Afghanistan to make up for the evils wrought by Americans? That does not carry much water.

Our presense continues and enhances American evils.

10:57 AM  
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7:13 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Good post. ha ha I'm sure that's what you meant eh.

7:20 PM  
Blogger Riley Hennessey said...

It's true, it's not just the Americans who have let down Afghanistan for decades but the entire West, which we are a part of.

Canada has a moral obligation to remain in Afghanistan and push for security and reconstruction. I say "push" because there is a strong force opposing both security and reconstruction and without a push, it's never going to happen.

What pisses me off is the media talks 80% about the casualties and Canada's ties to the United States, and 20% about the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan. If you talk to military people who serve there, you'll know that there is a whole lot of reconstruction going on. If you read reports FROM actual Afghanistan citizens, you'll see that they are trying to rebuild and become adjusted to a society where they can prosper.

Abandoning Afghanistan would be turning your backs on millions on human beings who you promised to protect.

5:50 AM  
Blogger Jason Bo Green said...

I see reason to talk about the possibility of reconfiguring our strategy in Afghanistan to better ensure our success.

I see no reason to pull out. Rabble - as off the wall and stupid as Small Dead Animals. They all deserve each other.

6:23 PM  

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