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Redeye said:That couldn't be further from the truth. Maybe some deluded folks do - but I think they're rare. Among though who I've talked to, they all consider the Taliban to be a negative influence and an evil force, but one of many in the world, and one that ultimately in their estimate isn't likely to be rooted out. I've met many people whose views on the matter differ from mine but none come to mind that had much positive sentiment for the Taliban.
The left supported Afghanistan because Chretian decided that between Iraq and Afghanistan the latter was a safer option [fewer Canadian casualties]. Now that Afghanistan is the main stage and casualties continue with no end in sight,the left doesnt want to be there anymore. Their reasons for getting out were the same they made for Vietnam and then Iraq. Its not worth the cost in blood and treasure they say. Yet Iraq is proof that not only can the enemy be defeated but the groundwork can be laid for lasting stability and peace. If you want freedom you have to be willing to fight for it and the Iraqi's have done that. In Afghanistan much of the ANA is made up of ethnic people's that suffered under the taliban. Getting reliable Pashtun's that want to be rid of the taliban is our most difficult challenge.
Canada has been punching above its weight for quite sometime now and if the civilian leadership wants to go in a different direction then I say "THANKs For Your Support and the sacrifice of so many of your best and brightest !!". At some point the Afghans have to do it for themselves just as the Iraqi's did.