Food Not Bombs?

During the NDP’s convention in Quebec over the weekend Hon. Jack Layton, MP for Toronto–Danforth, called for his delegates to “stand together and reiterate our support for the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces and bring them home”.

While something clearly has to be done in response to the attacks on this day 5 years ago, the use of military force is proving to be costly and ineffective. Canada does have an important role to play in Afghanistan, but the current focus doesn’t seem to fit it. It’s looking more and more like the government doesn’t seem to want to work on humanitarian efforts as Canadians have in the past and instead are on the “offensive”. (probably why Layton is pushing his message to break from the U.S. style of mission). Whatever your political leaning it’s hard not to argue for a re-focus of the mission. A full a pull out should eventually be part of the plan so ho long should aid and troops stay? (Afgan’s should be keeper’s of their destiny… but when will they stop needing “help”?? Will this mission continue to take precedent over other areas in need? A sticky issue indeed!

Not hard to summarize the dollars and nonsense involved when fighting a war (not to mention ALL the lives needlessly lost) Take a moment of silence both for the victims of 9/11 and the innocent civilians killed abroad EVERYWHERE… Whether it’s Afghanistan, Avenue Road or around the corner we should be working towards peace…

5 Comments so far

  1. neo (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 6:08 pm

    http://hallsofmacadamia.blogspot.com/2006/09/idiots-explosives-falling-anvils.html

    “Already, the policy is paying dividends. Polls indicate the NDP position is very popular among opium growers, warlords and unemployed philosophy graduates who think Noam Chomsky is, like, on to something, man.”

    neo


  2. mike jenkins (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 10:47 pm

    Sorry Neo. If you had been paying attention Opium/drug production is up 50% from when the Taliban were in power and that’s under the current elected government protected by the US.

    http://sg.news.yahoo.com/060902/1/436or.html

    That is part of the reason it’s hard to win the hearts and minds of those on the ground. The US is too focused on killing Taliban insurgents and are not focusing enough energy on rebuilding. The underemployed are finding more and more incentive to participate in the underground economy. Under the occupation the drug lords are paying more dividends which is undermining the mission.

    I agree with swoon. This is not a partisan thing. Common Sense should prevail. A strict pull out of troops makes as little sense as continuing down our failed path. Regroup, re-prioritize the mission with the idea that there will be true SELF GOVERNMENT not a 50 year base camp and caskets flying home needlessly.


  3. abbas halai (unregistered) on September 12th, 2006 @ 11:00 am

    i wish people didn’t have to die in other parts of the world so that people in north america can live a lifestyle that they are used to.


  4. swoononeone (unregistered) on September 12th, 2006 @ 12:18 pm

    So true Abbas…

    After all THAT is a big part of the US animosity. I wouldn’t call it a jealousy of the “U.S. lifestyle” or standard of living but an distaste for the disrespect given to the people and countries working to support “that lifestyle”. While the U.S. has done some good in this world, currently their priorities seem to be a little off lately both at home and abroad…


  5. Abbas Halai (unregistered) on September 12th, 2006 @ 4:43 pm

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