Friday, April 13, 2007
When the Martin Government committed to Afghanistan there was a 3D approach –development, democracy and diplomacy. We now have Harper's American war. The money going to be spent on tanks would generate much better long tem results in Afghanistan being pumped in new hospitals, schools, clean water, roads de-mining fields or buying the heroin crop to cut off the Taliban source of funds fund. The development and diplomacy strands need to be vigorously pursued if Canadian efforts are to be successful. Our Canadian troops are doing a great job in what they are being asked to do but we are misdirecting their efforts. The Karzai Government also need to clean up its corruption if it expects us to continue our support and respect.
Harper would say we need to secure the region to protect before development can go ahead and to protect our home security from terrorists. Yet Holland has taken the reverse approach with greater success focusing on development and local dipomacy. At the same time the recent Senate report clearly stated that our coastal waters are not protect adequately . Money to improve our coastal defences in the north with new icebreakers would go towards addressing our northern security and sovereignty.
This is an opportunity for Mr Dion and Liberals to show support for the humanitarian work of our troops and define a clear more balanced solution to protect Canada's interests at home and abroad.