So as I eat my Jamaican food and wait for my laundry to finish, I'm thinking why the hell did I wait so late to do my laundry. What's really on my mind though is that Warren Kinsella linked to this blog. I'd be lying if I said it didn't put a bit of a smirk on my face -- ok fine, a pretty big one. Methinks he's not so good at resisting temptation though.
Still, he made a good point. I think he was trying to get across that the "troops" are in Afghanistan trying to install the values of democracy and freedom that we enjoy here in Canada. A perfect example of what we enjoy more that most countries is what's going on this week/weekend in Toronto: http://www.pridetoronto.com/. It's undeniable that the mission is more than worthwhile in that sense, but I think that's exactly why this mission has to be planned and executed with the utmost expertise. I don't think that's the case. How does this go back to the stickers? Well some might think supporting our troops is likewise supporting the good cause they're trying to accomplish. Another school of thought is that supporting our troops might be misconstrued by some with decision making powers as support for the way the mission is being carried out. Expressing support for the troops isn't intrinsically a political statement, but in reality the political ramifications are almost unavoidable, so that's why I feel the way I do.
I don't really wanna harp on this because there are people who could express both points of view better than I can, but the saddest thing about this mission is stories that are way too frequent about more lost lives. Mentioning this is not a way to enhance a position on supporting our troops, but it's more evidence that this mission needs to have clear direction that will produce a positive lasting effect.
Quite frequently when I read these stories about soldiers returning in the way no one ever wishes to travel, I remember during the Gomery era how M. Chretien was defending his record by saying that if he didn't decide to keep out of Iraq there would be young Canadians returning in body bags. Who knows what Chretien would have done if he were making the decisions on Afghanistan, but what he did re: Iraq was a good display of leadership. Currently, we lack such leadership. Period.