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Why is the Canadian Military in Afghanistan?

Posted by strattof on November 20, 2007

WHY IS THE CANADIAN MILITARY IN AFGHANISTAN? 

We are told that it is to help the Afghan people. 

  • Since the war began in 2001, over 7,00 Afghan civilians have been killed.
  • In the south alone, where Canadians are fighting, 200,000 Afghans have been displaced from their homes and are in refugee camps.
  • Of the estimated $6 billion Canada has spent on the war, less than 10 per cent has been allocated to aid and reconstruction.

 We are also told that Canadian troops are in Afghanistan to liberate Afghan girls and women. 

  • War is never good for women and children.
  • Killing their fathers, husbands, and brothers does not liberate women.
  • Like Canadian women, Afghan women have developed their own organizations and strategies to combat gender oppression.

What about the claim that the war will bring freedom and democracy to Afghanistan? 

  • In earlier centuries, European powers justified their colonization of other territories by claiming to be “bringing the light of civilization to the dark places of the earth.” The idea that western values and practices are superior to those of other nations is the height of arrogance. Each nation has its own definition of freedom and democracy. We cannot impose our version on Afghanistan. 
  • In Afghanistan, Canada has been complicit in the violation of human rights by handing over detainees to US and Afghan authorities to face possible abuse. The Department of National Defence has moved to stop releasing any documents related to detainees captured in Afghanistan, citing “national security concerns.”

Why then are Canadian troops in Afghanistan? 

Canada does not wish to alienate the United States, the most powerful nation in the world. In 2001, as part of the US Operation Enduring Freedom, Canada sent a small contingent of 750 troops to Afghanistan. In 2003, after saying “no” to Iraq, Canada began to increase its military presence in Afghanistan. Currently there are 2500 Canadian troops in Afghanistan.

 

Canadian corporations benefit from US military contracts.

 

Since the break-up of the Soviet Union, a US strategic goal has been to gain control over the vast oil reserves of Central Asia by building a pipeline through Afghanistan to India and Pakistan. Canadian corporations are invested in this project.

 

Afghanistan’s mineral deposits, which include copper and iron, are of great interest to Canadian mining companies.

 

THESE ARE THE REAL REASONS CANADIANS AND AFGHANS ARE DYING 

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