Decision Canada 2006

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Pull the troops out of Afghanistan?

Today NDP leader Jack Layton called for a withdrawal of Canadian troops out of Afghanistan. While I think everyone wants to have the troops home, I'm not sure if pulling our troops is the right message.

While the US may use bases in Afghanistan for military operations leading into Iraq, the war that brought Canadians in was a UN sanctioned and approved war. Canada, as a member of NATO and the UN was following the international trend and sent in troops to help keep the peace and provide humanitarian operations, not to wage war.

Canada cannot allow the terrorists to win, it has been established via credible intelligence that there are still threats to global security in the country. While Canada needs to make sure that we are on good terms with everybody, being the level mind in the dispute, we also need to send a strong message that Canada will not tolerate terrorism.

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  • From my point of view, We have contributed enough in Afganistan. The situation there is more under controll and the Americans can solve their own issue. The only reason to stay there would be to make terms better with the US so that they would solve softwood lumber, which is highly unlikely. Bottom line, we've had troops there for fours years - time to come home.

    By Blogger Whatever, at 6:25 PM  

  • See my comments at my blog: Should Canada pull troops out of Afghanistan?

    By Blogger LibertyForAll, at 9:29 PM  

  • Pull em' - YES. Bring them home where they belong. Enough people have died. I don't see "peacekeeping" I see war - but not our war. It is not worth losing canadian lives for good commerce with US. Let them fight their war - why put Canadian soldiers and Canada as a whole in danger of becoming the enemy when Canada has always been considered a peacekeeping country?? It truly makes no sense to me. Please bring our troops home and keep our country a peaceful one.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:54 AM  

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