Wednesday, February 27, 2008

McQuaig vs. Hillier

In her column in the Toronto Star, Linda McQuaig responds to General Hilliers recent assertions that the Taliban are exploiting the debate over the war in Canada and mounting attacks to sway Canadian opinion:

... Strangely, we're supposed to believe that the Taliban are incited to violence by our wavering, rather than by our military presence in their country. Indeed, we're supposed to believe that Afghans – renowned for centuries for their fierce resistance to foreign occupiers – would somehow lose their resolve, if only we'd forgo the Canadian parliamentary debate.

Hillier's attempt to stifle debate seemed like a textbook example of what former U.S. president Dwight Eisenhower had in mind when, in his famous parting address, he warned that the "unwarranted influence" of a military-industrial complex risked endangering the democratic process. ... (link)
(See earlier blog posts on McQuaig's writings here, here and here.)

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