Friday, September 7, 2007

Irresponsible Members of the Commons

Before they justify their new stance on Afghanistan, the LPC is supposed to know that it sent our troops there about three years ago.

Since our legendary Vandoos are serving in Afghanistan, Gilles Duceppe, the leader of the Bloc Québécois (BQ) and Stéphane Dion, the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada (LPC), has been asking again and again the full withdrawal of Canadian troops. Add to that the fact that Dion and his by-election candidate in the Montrealer riding of Outremont, Jocelyn Coulon, has branded Prime Minister Stephen Harper as being close to George W. Bush.

How simplistic as an analysis!

Before they justify their new stance on Afghanistan, the LPC is supposed to know that it sent our troops there about three years ago.

While Paul Martin was at the helm of our government in 2004, Defence Minister Bill Graham enthusiastically advocated our troops' mission in Afghanistan. Moreover, Graham admitted that not only the situation in Afghanistan is complex, but he also admitted that it was in the interest of Canada and Afghanistan to make a "long term" mission. Graham also thought that a long presence in Afghanistan will bring stability.

With this said, we can assume that the Liberals knew what they should be expecting from our mission in Afghanistan. After all, let's remember that it took 10 years for Canadian troops to bring stability in Bosnia. Moreover, Canada had a plan so that it can be replaced by another country.

What we still don't understand is why do opposition parties in the Commons, starting with the LPC, want to pull our troops out of Afghanistan? Many members of the opposition parties didn't even think about the country that would replace Canada in the province of Kandahar.

Secondly, they try to make us believe that the mission is just a whole failure. If many members of the opposition parties had read the latest report from the North-Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), they would know that some Afghan provinces (particularly those in the North) are 1) perfectly stable and 2) drug-free in terms of production.

Talk about an absence of progress in Afghanistan! Nonetheless, we always hope for bigger progress, naturally.

The opposition parties in the Commons, especially the Liberals, are asking the full withdrawal of our troops by pretending that everything is hard. Of course, Canadian troops are in a Southern Afghan province of Kandahar, one of Afghanistan's hottest corners. Who knows? Maybe the situation in Afghanistan is bound to become better in a few months. Unfortunately, the behaviour of opposition parties of the Commons, especially the Liberals', can be described as political opportunism.

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