Whooee! Well friends an' foes, it's sad days fer Canada with another six of our army men killed in Afghanistan. There's folks who say this ain't the time fer askin' questions but only fer respectin' the dead. I figger if there's tough questions need answerin', the most respectful thing we can do is ask them tough questions.
Way back a coupla years ago, ol' Happy Jack Laydown sed we oughta start thinkin' about negotiatin' with the Talibans. A Boogin' Tory got the smart idea to give Jack the nickname "Taliban Jack." The name stuck. I even seen some boogers still usin' it a week or so ago. They say he wants to negotiate with the evil enemy. I hear tell the army fellers an' gals hate ol' Taliban Jack on accounta he wants to make deals with the enemy Taliban.
But... but... but... what the heck?!? The leader of Afghanistan and the guy who's gummint Canajuns is fightin' an' dyin' fer sez he's already been negotiatin' with the Taliban. That's right. Hamid Karzai ain't just suggestin' negotiations like Taliban Jack done. He's actually havin' them negotiations. And he's havin' 'em at the selfsame time that Canajun soldiers is bein' killed by the Taliban.
The speaker of the Afghan Parliament sez it's a bigass surprise to him that Karzai's been dealin' with the devils. That's hard to believe since reports have been comin' out fer years. The difference now is that Karzai's confirmin' he's been dealin' with Talibans fer quite a spell.
There's only one name fer this feller - Taliban Hamid.
Stephen Harper supports the mission. The mission is to support Taliban Hamid. Stephen Harper supports Taliban Hamid. I ain't holdin' my breath until the Boogin' Tories start callin' the Right Honourable Prime Minister "Taliban Steve" but they got as much or more reason to call him that as they got fer callin' Laydown "Taliban Jack".
When gummints send soldiers off to fight an' maybe die, they oughta have a dang good reason. I reckon we had a good reason fer fer knockin' the Talibans outta power. They're badasses who enforced a brutal code of laws on a repressed population. They also played willin' host to Bin Laden an' his buncha killers.
When gummints send soldiers off to fight an' maybe die, they oughta have a dang good plan. I reckon when we first signed on, we had us a decent plan. That plan was to support the Merkans in topplin' the Taliban, capturin' the murderer BinLaden an' creatin' a shinin' beacon o' democracy that'd serve as an example to the region.
When gummints send soldiers off to fight an' maybe die, they oughta have dang good allies. When the Merkans was goin' full steam, we had us a good ally. When Karzai got put in as bossman of Afghanistan, he looked like he was worth fightin' fer.
But, dang it all, things ain't goin' so good.
The reason we got in there was to support the Merkans after they was attacked on 9-11. We done that. The Talibans got their asses kicked an' BinLaden headed fer the hills. We supported the Merkans but then they got tired of Afghanistan an' all that borin' nation-buildin' stuff an' they decided to put almost all o' their military eggs into the EyeRack basket.
The plan to create that shinin' beacon of democracy ain't workin' too well. We made some progress but we ain't anywhere close to sayin' we're winnin'. Some o' the schools that were opened early on are now closed. More an' more acres of opium are fundin' both the Taliban and our warlord allies. More attacks are bein' made against Canajuns and more people are dyin' than since the first wave by the Merkans.
I reckon we need to negotiate with these here Taliban. We ain't winnin' against 'em. Maybe if the Merkans come back like they're talkin' we might be able to whip the Taliban's ass. But Karzai's our man an' he sure as hell ain't goin' fer the Taliban's jugular. If we're fightin' on Karzai's side, we're fightin' fer a guy who's holdin' secret talks with our enemy. Maybe if them talks weren't a secret, we'd be better off an' we'd know who our enemy really is.
I'm mournin' the loss of our brave soldiers. I'm askin' if that loss could o' been avoided. I'm askin' if Stephen Harper's backin' up Karzai's negotiations an' if he is, why didn't he get onside with that earlier so's fewer Canajuns'd get killed? If he ain't onside with Karzai, who are we dyin' for?