Sunday, March 05, 2006

Canada's Reconstruction Effort in Afghanistan: Snowbunnies in the Desert

To some of us who know anything at all, what with our special truth-seeing goggles, we were quite prepared for the onslaught of the propaghanda and the revoking of some of the journalistic freedoms coming out of America. It was innevitable, because the questioning of authority during times of war is a serious case of insubordination that will not be tolerated due to the simple fact that WE ARE AT WAR. End of paragraph.

As Canadians it was simple to understand the detrimental and antagonizing effects those events had suffered south of the border. It was a wake-up call for everyone. Was it also innevitable that the type of foreign ownership that was being used in economic undertakings overseas would unleash such a beast? There was almost no humanity in it at all, and now WE ARE AT WAR.

Regarding the situation Americans faced as a whole after the attrocities on September 11, 2001 was a relapse in quality that some of the most trusted newsmedia has given us in quite a while and it began to take a stagnant effect much throughout the whole landscape: Big Media ran the airwaves and had to secure it's information from outside sources trying to gather as much information as at all possible. It was horrible for people for like myself who, used to getting all of the good stuff, now had to scramble to get at it. Intelligence was brought to a standstill, but also, somehow awful truths and scandalous lies made it out into the public domain. All with incredible results.

In Canada, our free press continues to flourish (albeit with those ridiculously wealthy media barons, the Asper family threating with CanWest's National Editorial Initiative which was considered a tipping point for some of us.)

Now Canada is leading a large contigency on the ground in Southern Afghanistan. This is serious stuff. We are at war. And as witnesses to the attrocities that befell Bali, Spain and Britain, have felt it through the lens of t.v. and in pictures in the newsmedia, something became totally amiss. Having witnessed all of this and they all having their own version of attrocities resulting in the deaths of many innocent people, we have have, as a nation, had to face this spectacle from the outside.

It's getting much too close to home, now.

When we do look at the spectacle closer to home, having been in Afghanistan since September 12, 2001, and knowing that the terrorists who blew up the Twin Towers, held residence in the Taliban-held country and terrorized the citizenry. It was almost natural for us to go. We are now reasonably well-established on the ground, to conduct missions with (some) public and (most) government support (and with new and proper funding, so long neglected) we should be able to further enhance the region.

With the Main Theatre not so far away now, we can also provide security to the southern lands, allowing the citizenry to feel safe and secure. Hopefully advancing and stablilizing the government, the economy, and the infrastructure. If things get out of hand, hopefully we won't have to deal with stories of the common horrors of war: the raping, the killing, and the torturing of innocent lives.

Just watch for the sandstorms with all that bustle from the hired killers doing lots of moving and shaking and the shooting and the killing of enemy combatants.

No one really noticed, 'til now, that we were there 'cause we weren't leading the effort in anyway shape or form. Now that we are doing just that in the South, we may be able to reasonably feel like we're fighting a good fight... thus, arguably, freeing up Americans soldiers to fight it out in the illegal war in Iraq.

We as Canadians seem to have our own unique brand of pumping up Canadians for the Theatre of War. Gen. Hillier is good at what he does, making it pure %100 Pure Canadian Beef, and he's all about propagating the nobility of this simple act by way the plunging our military operation, known as 3-D: defence, development and diplomacy. It is somewhat in full effect, now that we're working on defence first... this should take a few years. At what cost?

Do we need a debate in Parliament?

The Prime Ministers office, including Peter MacKay, is backing up the cause, using phasers on all dissenters. And trying out rhetoric to douse any argument against the effort (ie. none in Parliament.) There have, however, been some statements by officials as saying they would tip us off of if any large and visible quotients need to be looked at by the Canadian people.

This blogger thinks so. There should be some public consultation made publicly in the house, for the record.

Though, naturally, I am a against random acts of violence on innocent people, the act of reconstruction rings soundly to me. I love hockey and played football for many years, they are both a lot like war, in a way, but my idea of fun is not indescriminate killing, and would rather play it out on the gridiron and on the ice... as long as it's safe for that to happen. There may not be any ice in Afghanistan (yet,) but there is a teeming pool of trouble makers out there who have had a hand in killing innocent people, and we should be able to protect the innocent and the vulnerable.

In one stroke, we helped the American's get the fuck out of the region... hopefully they are now aware of their mistakes (let the Gods help us, all,) and we can go back to playing football and a little hockey.


-- JD

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

HOW CAN STEPHEN HARPER SAY THAT THE 4 SOLDIERS KILLED RECENTLY IN AFGHANISTAN "MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE" AND YET HE DOES NOT ALLOW THE CANADIAN FLAG TO BE FLOWN AT HALF MAST OVER PARLIAMENT HILL OR ON ANY FEDERAL BUILDINGS??? WHAT A HYPOCRITE!!!

BET YOU A DOLLAR IF IT WAS AN "HONOURABLE MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT" WHO DIED..DOING WHATEVER NONSENSE THEY PERFORM ON THE HILL..THE FLAGS WOULD BE AT HALF STAFF SO FAST IT WOULD MAKE YOUR HEAD SPIN!

HARPER WILL NOT EVEN GO TO TRENTON TO GREET THE CASKETS CARRYING THE BODIES OF THE SOLDIERS RETURNED TO CANADA.SHAMEFUL ABSOLUTELY SHAMEFUL....AND NO EXCUSE FOR THIS AT ALL!

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