Did you see this on the National last week? Please please watch it. Please.
I encourage all of you to watch clips of the Canadian battle in Afghanistan on YouTube, tons of videos. What happened to peacekeeping? I need to look into this more, as well as a proper way to thank Canadian soldiers, really. The validity of this war just amplifies the sacrifice they make.
Forgive my possible lack of understanding, but if we had a stronger non-interventionist mentality and focused on peacekeeping, wouldn’t we be considerably less likely to face hostility from Muslim extremist groups? Maybe that’s too Switzerland, but often other governments (i.e. Australia) take it way too far to chum the U.S. I understand that Canada has little to no defence and supporting them supports Canada’s defence. But defending yourself and fighting a questionable war on foreign soil are two completely different things.
And who would hypothetically attack us? Muslim extremist groups? The exact people we are trying to kill right now by supporting the US? And why? Because they think we’re trying to modernize or moderate Islam? Because we support Israel? Because their fundamentalism is dangerous? Because of our need for middle eastern oil? Because we started it? Because we funded militant extremeist groups? Could be all of the above. Messy.