Friday, February 06, 2009

So They Finally Figure It Out


Anonymous Saskboy said...

What have they figured out? That it's pointless destroying the drug crops, because that will just drive more civilians into the arms of the Taliban?

It's just common sense, what took so long?

February 06, 2009 9:50 am  
Blogger Louise said...

No Saskboy. They have finally figured out that the Taliban are drug lords and if they want to improve the quality of life for Afghans and a whole bunch of other things they have to target the illegal drug trade and provide Afghanis with alternative crops.

February 06, 2009 12:53 pm  
Blogger Louise said...

Oh, and also that international law is frequently an ass -

"International law forbids nations from using military force against civilian targets, even if they're criminals. But drug traffickers with links to the insurgency could be a legitimate target."

- and Taliban, al Qaeda, Hamas types have figured out how to exploit that, as well as duping naive little puppies on the left in the Western world.

February 06, 2009 12:59 pm  
Blogger Raphael Alexander said...

I've read extensively on the poppy eradication program done by the Americans, and it is a complete disaster. It will never work, and only force farmers to further conspire with the Taliban. Furthermore some farmers are protected by powerful interests, while others who are not are targeted. Attack the wrong poppy field and you bring enemies you don't want. Canadian soldiers dying trying to destroy poppy fields will be an absolute PR nightmare.

February 06, 2009 7:45 pm  
Blogger Louise said...

Yes Raph, although conspire isn't quite the way to describe it. Intimidation is more like it. Drug lords have a way of doing that, and it ain't pretty. You'll never hear that from the CBC though.

February 06, 2009 8:41 pm  
Blogger Indigo Red said...

"The order is being reviewed after some European countries claimed the NATO order went too far, saying it could expose troops to allegations of war crimes."

Oh, I can't imagine that's the reason NATOs Euroweenies object to the eradiaction plan. More like the plan will interfere with the Euro drug trade.

February 06, 2009 10:03 pm  
Blogger Louise said...

It amazes me how so many people haven't got a clue what NATO is. For the enlightenment of the poorly informed, NATO is a military alliance. Its founding mission was to come to the defense of any other member which has been attacked. That is why Canada is in Afghanistan.

Frankly, I think it's days are numbered precisely because so many of its European members have such short memories and are, as you say, Indigo, weenies. They keep falling to their knees grovelling and hoping against hope that the threat of Islamofascism in their own house isn't real. Denial is a dangerous thing.

February 06, 2009 10:19 pm  
Blogger Louise said...

I wonder how many Canadians recognize the man on the left in this picture. It's John Manley, former foreign affairs minister in Paul Martin's Liberal government. He supported Canada's mission in Afghanistan.

February 06, 2009 10:44 pm  
Blogger Louise said...

Oops. Have to click on "What is NATO" and four clicks in is the picture.

February 06, 2009 10:51 pm  
Blogger Indigo Red said...

It is interesting that German troops will be stationed on French soil for the first time since WWII sometime in the next few months. Maybe they are concerned the US will redeploy out of Europe and leave the surrender monkeys on their own.

February 07, 2009 12:24 am  
Blogger Louise said...

I've been trying to figure out the Germans. My theory is that in integrating the East Germans back into a free society they sorta had to adopt a bit of the old commie mentality to meet them half way. The former East German who were born under the communist regime must have grown up with a steady stream of anti-American indoctrination. They sure don't seem interested in being a full fledged lion among nations the way they used to be. Too bad, that.

February 07, 2009 12:54 am  
Blogger Louise said...

I do remember a few years ago when the US pulled troops out of Germany, the Germans were crying because it was certain to deal a blow to their economy.

Many years ago I lived in a small city in the neighbouring province of Manitoba. There was an armed forces base there (hosting German soldiers, by the way), and the federal government of the day was threatening to close several bases, including that one. There was a big hue and cry from the city folk about what that would do to their economy. The boys came into town quite frequently and spent their money there. As it turned out, the base survived. I'm sure it was the same thing in play in Germany.

It was the same base where my father went for training the moment Canada signed on with Mother Britain to got to war with Germany. They don't make men like that any more. Not in this country, anyway. Sad but true.

February 07, 2009 1:06 am  
Blogger Louise said...

Oops. I lied. That wasn't John Manley, it was Bill Graham. Same diff.

February 10, 2009 10:21 pm  

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