In a recent Reuters article , it announces that 300 U.S. Marines are being sent to stifle those pests “The Taliban,” in Afghanistan.
This is what the western alliance fought for in Afghanistan for ten plus years. When elected in 2006, former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made Afghanistan his first foreign stopover, where he announced to the world:
“We’re not going to cut and run, not as long as I’m prime minister. That’s not the Canadian way and that’s not my way. We’re going to stand and fight.”
And then he got on an airplane and got safely out of harm’s way. Many years and many deaths later, “cut and run” is exactly what Stephen Harper did in Afghanistan.
But never mind – his grandstanding was good optics as he showed he was a tough leader, cheered on by the National Post which gushed that Canada had a more muscular foreign policy.
I know a Canadian career soldier who was in Afghanistan. Before Canada pulled out, I asked him:
“And after we leave will the Taliban still be there”
With a stern look and deep resonating voice he said:
“The Taliban will be there long after you and l have gone.”
Meanwhile political careers such as Mr. Harper’s soared, people died and the armaments industry not only make a fortune, they were able to try out their new toys; and the western public continued to scream for more of the same:
After all it’s not working so you need more men, more arms and more killings to make it work.
And where is Mr. Harper today?
He is sitting on the board of directors of many of the companies which he did their bidding for when he was prime minister.
But has it ever been any different?
Posted by Scott Stockdale on January 10, 2017, With 0 Reads, Filed under Afghanistan War (2002-?), Wars. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.