Monday, April 03, 2006

Boots on the ground -- but on whose throats?

I just finished my next column for Capital Xtra (you will all have to wait till it comes out next week), but in the meantime, Matt Mills wrote an excellent piece for Xtra West about the fact that the new Afghan government is still sentencing people to death for adultery and sodomy. He wrote to the Canadian military and to various politicians about this issue, and their response was vague, to say the least.

Harper and others have said that change in Afghanistan is going to have to be incremental. But in the meantime, are we throwing money and troops at a government that continues to oppress and torture women and queer people? An excellent question to which I do not have an answer.

And in case you haven't seen it yet, here's a link to the Canadian Embassy in Washington, the source of the infamous "boots on the ground" poster that is currently plastered in subway stations across the U.S. capital. If there was any doubt that this mission is largely an act of solidarity with Bush, I don't know what is. I highly recommend reading the section on "Canada's War on Terror," especially where it speaks glowingly of Canada's post 9/11 anti-terrorism laws. Wonderful.

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