Sunday, December 7, 2008

Three Canadian soldiers killed - death toll reaches 100

Just as the Afghan issue had been lost amidst the headlines around Canada's political crisis (with the Liberals making clear that the war was "not in the table" for the opposition coalition), three soldiers were killed by an IED in Kandahar, bringing the Canadian soldier casualties to 100.

With news of this milestone, the father of the first female soldier killed in Afghanistan questioned the "mission":

"On Friday, Cpl. Mark Robert McLaren, Pte. Demetrios Diplaros and Warrant Officer John Robert Wilson all died in a roadside bomb blast, bringing Canada's death toll to 100 since the Afghan mission began in 2002.

Three fatalities on Sept. 3 took place in the area where Goddard's daughter was killed, making him wonder whether the Canadian mission is meeting its stated objectives.

'We're still losing soldiers in the same geographical location and that makes you wonder how successful we're being in imposing security on that area.'"

At the time, other family members of soldiers fallen in Afghanistan questioned "if anything had changed."

The Canadian Peace Alliance, meeting in convention in Toronto December 5-7, held a vigil Friday night with the Toronto Stop the War Coalition to reiterate the demand of the Canadian anti-war movement to bring the troops home now.


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Unknown said...

hese comments when yet another Canadian soldier dies in Afghanistan by army brass and politicians that he or she died 'for their country' is propaganda. They died for the Harper-Bush coalition in this war and we should not even be there let alone the numbers killed there. And all the others: the maimed, the tortured for the rest of their lives.

If we are going to other countries to in the name of 'our country' we ought to be doing it properly and as what we expect for Canada: as peacekeepers. We no longer have such training and have to start again. And we must do that.

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