Quote: Originally Posted by Gonzo
If your country is going to war to fight a cause you donít agree with do you support the troops anyway? Do you support the troops because you love your country or because you believe in the cause? Do you support them blindly? I donít want our soldiers to get killed in a cause that I donít believe in.
For example, I donít support my friends if they make bad decisions, but I do when they make good ones. Canada made a decision I donít agree with. Are you anti Canadian if you donít support every military initiative the country makes? It's okay not to support the military. It's a free country. This war is not for Canadaís freedom.
If the Soviet Union couldn't win in Afghanistan over 10 years how is Canada going to win?
Of COURSE it is all right NOT to support the troops. This is still a free country, I thought anyway.
If you disagree with the mission, though, the proper target of your ire is the Federal government, not the military. The military is simply a tool, one that happens to be made up of some people who make great sacrifices in service to their country.
The USSR in Afghanistan was a lot different. For one thing, the Soviets wanted to depopulate the country, which they accomplished quite handily. They were brutal beyond belief, there was NO attempt to "win hearts and minds".
Secondly, when the Soviets invaded, Afghanistan had NOT just survived years of rule by lunatic Islamists.........
Thirdly, when the USSR supported a puppet gov't in Afghanistan, that gov't had absolutely NO claim to legitimacy.
In addition, Soviet aims were to totally force Afghanistan into submission as a puppet state, ours are to stabilize the country (good luck) and keep the Taliban from re-gaining power.
I support the mission, although the first aim will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, and the second aim will require a practically endless commitment.