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The Taliban's local allies

I really don't feel like writing a long diatribe against Jack Layton's and Stephane Dion's eagerness to use the deaths of our soldiers for their political ends. So I'll make it a short one instead.

Dividing us and sowing doubt is what the Taliban are trying to do, and it's clear the opposition are willing to do their part to help in this task. They really don't seem to understand that every time they open their mouths and demand Canada leave Afghanistan to those butchers, they encourage them and put our troops in more danger. It is impossible to completely prevent the types of cowardly attacks the Taliban have been successful with, but it is not impossible to convince them that it will not affect our resolve and that they are fighting in a losing cause. Dion and Layton instead offer them hope.

Jonathan Kay has some more.


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Sunday night [08/07/07] en route home to Bowmanville from my sister’s house in Pickering, we saw thousands of people on bridges over the 401 with flags and signs of support for the families of the 6 soldiers killed last week by a roadside homicide bomb.

We joined the crowd on one of the two overpasses in Bowmanville and waited with them as passing tractor trailers and vehicles heading home from the cottage honked and waved.

Emergency vehicles – fire-trucks and ambulances – blocked the westbound on ramps just before 8 PM. Then a few minutes later, from the east along came many police cars with lights flashing as they escorted at speed six Hearses and a dozen or more limos carrying the soldiers and their families from Trenton to Toronto.

People waved and some cheered and clapped, some wept and not many dry eyes were to be seen in the faces of the adults. My children looked on in wonder with some pride and sadness as I had explained to them what was happening and the context of how and why.

And this was only one display of dozens upon dozens of bridges along the 401. Pretty moving.

I watched the TV news to see how it was covered. The news media mentioned it in passing, ignoring its scale but focusing instead on the spin that while ordinary people may support the troops and their families they don’t necessarily support the mission.

Yeah, uh-huh, I thought. Bullshit.

Most Canadians may not like the idea that we have to fight a far away war or even understand exactly why [911 is a phone number]. But I think that those people there on the bridges are representative of a great many who understand that supporting the troops does indeed mean supporting the mission as well.

If politicians and the media continue to caterwaul that Canadians, while supportive of the troops and their families, don’t support the mission – which is to kill the Taliban and stabilize a country for security reasons – then we are saying to the enemy that they need only continue to target Canadians soldiers and we will soon lose our nerve and pull them out as we value our sons and daughters more than success in defeating the enemy.

Many decent people want to be able to believe that you can support the troops while being opposed to the mission. But they are misguided. They should carefully reconsider and if they still remain convinced that the mission is not worthy of their support, then they should do like Taliban Jack and demand that we pull out NOW. Because you can’t have it both ways.

At least then their seditious arguments could be honestly addressed with straight forward condemnations for the damage that they do and refutations of their veracity. It is immoral for defeatists to condemn and undermine the mission while claiming to “support the troops” in the field with a mind to pulling them out BEFORE the job is done. No one should ask our soldiers to die in vain.

Canadians need to understand our history better and realize that once you are in it, you stay till you win it.



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