|A bullet-riddled map of Afghanistan, painted on a
wall of an abandoned Canadian-built school in Zharay district of
Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, on June 9, 2012. |
Brian Stewart has a piece up suggesting Canada's Kandahar mission was advocated and addled by yes-men and looking-glass heroes.
While most Canadians may have mentally turned the page on the Afghan war, happy to forget our military's long and frustrating struggle in Kandahar province, some of our allies have not.If this is even half-way true, it means the people responsible for Canada's participation in the war - politicians, civil servants, and generals - utterly failed in their duty to speak and act in unvarnished truth.
Increasingly, foreign military and diplomatic assessments of the war are appearing in print, and what is surfacing is not a comforting picture as far as Canada is concerned.
At the very least, one finds little support in these assessments for Ottawa's boast that the Kandahar campaign won Canada much-needed new military prestige throughout NATO, especially with key allies such as Britain and the U.S.
Rather, the impression given is of a Canadian military mission that was deeply out of its depth and politically too hesitant to ask for significant outside help.
Yesterday was Pachino Day. On that day in 1943 the better men of this land stepped off ships and landing-craft to set foot on a sun-baked Mediterranean island and began to end of the horror that was Nazi-occupied Europe and Fascist Italy.