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Thursday, 14 September 2006 12:38

Layton Slagged for Wanting Afghanistan Debate

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- Richard Walpole - Boy, the NDP's Jack Layton certainly receives a ton of bile in letters to the editor whenever he says that we should pull our troops from Afghanistan or at least debate the issue in public and in Parliament.

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Boy, the NDP's Jack Layton certainly receives a ton of bile in letters to the editor whenever he says that we should pull our troops from Afghanistan or at least debate the issue in public and in Parliament.

What amazes me is that while our troops are getting killed, and not much construction work is being done, there is nothing but platitudes from the Harper government, platitudes copied word for word sometimes, from the Bush administration.

Other NATO members are very reluctant to commit more troops to the area, because al Qaeda and the Taliban are raising the stakes and turning Afghanistan into another Iraq. There is no valid justification for the lack of debate on which strategy is best for dealing with this change in the field.

Up till now, it has been the military-industrial-congressional/parliamentary complex which has promised us a war to last generations. They conveniently line their pockets while others lose their homes or get killed.

Columbia, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Aceh, a number of African countries, Afghanistan, Iraq - all show us that military strength alone does not win asymmetrical wars. Had the Bush administration not had another agenda, it would have put a great deal of effort into finding bin Laden and the Taliban by getting Pakistan's army and secret service to co-operate with those efforts, despite the opium trade connections. Instead, it lied to the world and went into Iraq.

It's always a good idea to bone up on a subject before forming conclusions. To get the flavour of Iraq, I recommend the biography of Gertrude Bell (Desert Queen by Janet Wallach), the Englishwoman who drew the borders of present-day Iraq just after World War One; Wilfred Thesiger?s Arabian Sandsand The Marsh Arabs; Robert Graves? biography of T. E. Lawrence; and Winston Churchill?s autobiography, My Early Life.

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