I figger both Dion and Harper compromised for one reason only: to save their political asses. Neither wants to go to the polls over Afghanistan. If Harper forces an election and fails to increase the CPC seat count, he faces a leadership challenge. Dion doesn't want to go to the polls over anything.
This great compromise between the two warmongers means another two years of Canada propping up Karzai's CIA-backed, warlord-ruled Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
Two more years of working hand-in-hand with corrupt Afghans who torture some prisoners but release 60%-70% for bribes as low as $20.
Two more years of Canadian deaths and maiming. Two more years of supporting Sharia Law and death penalties to Christian converts and free-speech advocates who dare to question fundamentalist Islam.
So far, we've spent $6,100 million on the military effort. At the same time, we've spent only $741 million on reconstruction. We're informed that about 90% of the reconstruction and aid money is siphoned off to bribes and corruption. Two more years of a lopsided mission where seek-and-destroy takes a front seat to aid-and-rebuild and Afghanistan sinks even lower on the international economic index.
The war is unwinnable. The writing has been on the wall for decades, if not centuries. Afghanistan cannot be conquered by an invading army. We are throwing away the lives of our dedicated soldiers.
The numbers tell the story:
- The report calculates that Canada spent $6.1 billion on its military effort in the central Asian country between fiscal 2000-01 and 2006-07.
- The total financial aid between 2001-02 and 2006-07 was $741 million.
- The report said Canada's average annual spending is $100 million, although the total jumped to $250 million in 2006-07.
- There are about 2,500 military personnel deployed in Afghanistan.
- In comparison, there are 47 civilian government employees assigned to the country: at the embassy in Kabul, at Kandahar Airfield and in the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) office in Kandahar City.
- Of the 335 PRT team members, 315 are military personnel.
(Source - CTV.ca)
And now, we're going to throw away more of those lives for another two years.
For nothing more than to prevent an unwanted and unwinnable election, the Grits and Cons have ganged up to force and unwanted and unwinnable war on Canadians. Neither party deserves any credit. Both deserve only blame and scorn.