Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Brig.-Gen. David Fraser Is Right We're Not Fully Informed

So Brig.-Gen. David Fraser thinks we're not fully informed on the Afghanistan mission, huh?

"It would be nice to have a debate with all of the facts on the table," Fraser said today in a speech to the Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies.

"I'll tell you right now, the story Canadians are receiving is like an iceberg. They're only seeing one-third of it."

Then he goes on to mention a few things he accomplished during his time there; "...building roads, schools, wells and training and mentoring an Afghan corps commander."

OK, fair enough.

On the other hand he fails to mention certain elements of that missing 2/3 of an iceberg as well.

Like the record breaking opium crop. Like the huge numbers of schools forced to close, not just girls schools, all schools. The number of teachers being slaughtered in front of their students - one poor bastard quartered by motorcycle. Or perhaps like this Telegraph story I mentioned a few days ago that still hasn't seen the light of day in any Canadian media.

All Fraser considers when he says we don't know the whole story are the parts of his iceberg he can slap Happy Face stickers onto.

Disingenuous General. Do better.

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