John-Ward Leighton

LOSING BY INCHES ~ WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

Tpr Cory Hayes
Tpr Cory Hayes
Tpr Jack Bouthier
Tpr Jack Bouthier
Cpl Tyler Crooks
Cpl Tyler Crooks
M/Cpl Scott Vernelli
M/Cpl Scott Vernelli
It’s a bad news day: four more of our finest killed in Afghanistan. Two with young families, more empty places at family holiday tables: four more mothers and fathers with their hearts torn out. The death toll now… 116! Damn, damn, damn.

Does our interconnection and instant communication help to understand the problems and the sorrows of others and what lessons are we expected to learn?

I see the Taliban have managed to close six hundred of the newly opened schools and that there is very little progress in liberating women from their roles as chattels of their fathers and husbands. Opium cultivation is at an all time high while our War on Drugs provides the money for arms and the corruption of the Afghan government which really only rules Kabul. That junkie shooting up in the alley just under my window is both the victim and the perpetrator that fuels this criminal commerce.

The highways are closed off and for the most part controlled by the Taliban. NATO is confined to their bases with forays outside the walls to villages that they have to take over and over and then scuttle back to safe haven and give the village back to the Taliban. Doesn’t seem like a winning strategy to me.

Spare me the dead heroes dance. You know the one, we have to stay and risk and lose more lives so that those already dead will not have died in vein. Oh, and by the way, win, lose or draw we are out of there, Afghanistan, in January 2011. How do you explain this to those who have lost their sons and daughters, friends, brothers and sisters to this feckless operation?

To me this would be like Canada leaving the Second World War in July of 1944. We are either in this conflict to win or all we are doing is just slowly losing.