Independent international experts were unanimous that things got worse, and worse, in Afghanistan (and Kandahar) as 2007 turned into 2008, for Afghans and Canadians (in Kandahar), during the same period that the Canadian Government gave ever more guns, bullets, and bombs to General Hillier and his successor.
Canada's top general Rick Hillier, had blindly urged war in Afghanistan when he had never lived there, knew nothing of the people, language, and culture. And certainly had no clue, at all, of its history.
His only interest, as he famously and crassly put it, at a press conference, was "to be able to kill people" targetting the "detestable murderers and scumbags" as he called his non-white Muslim adversaries there.
It is not a formula for a successful general and goes a long way to explain exactly why the Canadian military campaign - unlike Lord Roberts' storied success in exactly the same place, against the same people - is failing so spectacularly in Kandahar, and terrorism is spiking out of sight with every passing month that the Canadian Forces are taking his lead in Afghanistan.
His successor Walt Natynczuk had a poorer grasp of the realities in Afghanistan - it that were possible - than his short-lived predecessor
Left, the neophyte general's take on the subject.
Below the Globe & Mail, Canada's National Newspaper compilation of what is really going on, in spite of what Canada's generals are saying about the success of their shooting campaign.
It shows that the longer Canada has been there, the more money it spends, the more heavy weaponry it brings to the task, the more the generals shoot the place up, the more it inflames the local passions, resulting in more terrorist acts (freedom fighter incidents), which are spectacularly skyrocketing out of sight.
Attacks on the white Christian occupiers are spiking especially in the southern region of Afghanistan where the Canadians are doing their general's bidding, of "Our job is to be able to kill people."
People who can do simple math can see that in the Southern Region - Kandahar where the Canadian Forces are busy pacifying the country - attacks by angry insurgents were 604 in all of 2007 on General Hillier's watch.
But already, in the first six months of 2008 there were 1,041 attacks - twice as many in six months than in the entire previous year!!! No wonder General Hillier "quit" a few months into the New Year. At that rate insurgency attacks for 2008 would quadruple those of 2007. No wonder Hillier ran, leaving the mess to someone else. And his successor, made his shell-shocked analysis...
Not rocket science; any public school student could have predicted this. But not Canadian generals sitting in their air-conditioned offices on the Rideau.
Could we suggest Canada needs a new game - exit - plan and a smarter set of generals? Both on the ground and in the media...
(Days later General Natynczuk mysteriously reversed his "insignificant notch" thesis, and fell into line with other non-Canadian experts including NATO generals who said they had a growing mess on their hands, even if Canada's top general - being new - didn't seem to have a clue of what was really going on in Afghanistan.)
With his fabled March from Kabul to Kandahar, in August 1880, in exactly the region Canadians are responsible for today, Lord Roberts scattered the same local Talib tribesmen to the four winds, allowing Britain full diplomatic control in a region no one - whether locals or foreigners, before or since - has been able to tame for long.
The March, followed by the Battle of Kandahar, ended the Second Afghan War, within weeks.
Canadian soldiers have been in Afghanistan for many years and for the past two years shooting the place up with more guns and ammunition than Canada has allocated to killing non-white, non-Christian peoples it disagrees with, than at any time since the Korean War over 50 years ago.
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|Inscribed Presentation Bible, Father Joe to Joe Colclough Jr. - May 8th, 1933|
|Orig. bible - Size - 15 x 20 cm
Found - Toronto, ON
|A father's fervent wish for his only son would end in tragedy with an early death for his boy who was typical of thousands of civilians who volunteered in World War II. Above Joe with his dad and young Colclough (Coal-klee), a couple of years before he got this bible.|
What Canada Hath Wrought!
How Canadian, British, and American armed forces in Afghanistan and Iraq have drastically increased the number of terror attacks throughout the world.
Before Canadians started shooting (2001-2005) terror attacks had been stabilized. To some that was fuel for optimism...
Then the Canadian Forces put boots on the ground... The worst year for terrorist attacks ever, was the very time, early 2006, that Canadians implemented their shooting war in Afghanistan. Giving the lie to what politicians claim; in fact, far from reducing terrorism around the world, the shooting war by western European armies has drastically increased terror attacks everywhere, and made the lives of Judaeo-Christian white people - who are supposedly doing all the shooting for the good guys around the world - far less safe in their own countries.
According to numerous independent experts (UN, Red Cross, NGOs, Amnesty International, etc.,) in 2007 and 2008 terrorist incidents, above all, civilian casualties, in Afghanistan have drastically increased. The more Canadians shoot the worse it gets. Go figure...
In a stunning admission in 2008, both the British and US top generals have warned that they cannot "kill their way to victory" in Afghanistan.
Only Canadian generals - alone in the world - following the credo of former top Canadian General Rick "Our job is to be able to kill people" Hillier, say they are winning, and should continue escalating the killing war for the "hearts and minds."
Following their patron saint, General "Body Count" William Westmoreland of Vietnam fame.
One final, solemn, sobering thought...
Amid all the cheering and flag-waving, on behalf of the professional Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan, let's remember one thing clearly, very clearly...
They are not, and never were, the people who fought and defeated Hitler, the worst threat to world peace and human dignity in modern times.
It was not Canadian professional soldiers, but Canadian civilians, in their hundreds of thousands, who signed up from civvy street, when a real threat to world peace became obvious. It was civilians who put their lives on hold, enthusiastically learned the art of war, then put their lives on the line, to protect values and goals that are beyond reproach, in any civilized society.
And it was Canadian civilians, really total amateurs at warfare, who, as the dreadful conflict waged on, trained successive waves of volunteers, in the arts of war, in the air, on the ground, and at sea.
It was the Canadian civilians from farms, villages, and towns across Canada, who won the Victoria Crosses, the DSOs, and DFCs, not the few permanent members of the regular forces.
It was ordinary men and women, from every part of Canada, rising to do extraordinary things.
And above all, it was Canadian civilian volunteers who died to serve their country, in the tens of thousands, like Joe Colclough Barfoot from North Toronto.
In the beginning, middle, and end, it was the Canadian civilian soldier who defeated Hitler, not the few members of the Canadian professional army at the time. (Though you would never guess that by listening to conversations at any military mess where the "professionals" today regale each other with tales of regimental derring-do. Even these unthinking few do not know that these selfless heroic deeds were all done by civilians in khaki and blue... not professionals like them...)
And it is these hundreds of thousands of peace-loving civilians whom we remember on Remembrance Day, not the few gung-ho professional soldiers of the regular army, navy, and air force of the time.
These few made no sacrifice; hell they had waited, indeed most hoped, for war to break out their entire professional lives. Making war was their business; their hobby; as was said of a soldier who died recently in Afghanistan, their "passion." It's what they die for, literally and figuratively.
"We are the Canadian Forces and our job is to be able to kill people."
It's why they become soldiers instead of teachers, nurses, doctors, biologists, or ballet dancers. And dying violently is one of the perks of the warring profession they chose.
In World Wars I and II Canadian civilians volunteered to put on uniforms because a job needed to be done, totally unlike professional soldiers who sign up anytime, anywhere - thousands of Canadians of their ilk even go to join the US Marine Corps to get a taste of warfare in times like Vietnam and Iraq, when Canada chose peace instead of bloodshed - because they are ready to make war anytime, against anybody.
They - like General Hillier "Our job is to be able to kill people!" - prefer and chose it as a lifetime occupation of arms. Which they look forward to using sometime... someplace... on somebody... and which explains why Canadian names are sprinkled on the American Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC.
That has never, ever, been the belief of the overwhelming majority of Canadian veterans - like Joe Barfoot - who defended Canadian values in two world wars. They all, valued peace, anytime, all the time, above making war.
And unlike professional soldiers, who notoriously regale each other constantly with heroic tales of battles they never fought, the Canadian veterans, of two World Wars, civilians all, beg to differ, with their equally notorious, practiced, universal, and legendary muteness, about their real battlefield experiences. They spent the rest of their lives, in circumspect silence, about what they considered a lamentable and awful diversion from the lives that any Canadian citizen should want to lead - one of peace, building things up, not blowing things, and people, apart...
The War Memorials in Canadian towns and villages were set up - not for the handful of professionals who fought and died - but overwhelmingly to honour the thousands of boys and girls, civilians all, who downed their tools on peaceful civvy street to pick up, however distastefully, the fearful weapons of war, and died in total selfless service to their country.
They did not seek battle honours for their regimental flags, or for glorious gossip in the mess, but died for the sake of peace, and to safeguard the lives of other civilians, and the families and country they left behind.
All had planned to return and pick up their civilian jobs once they were finished answering their country's call.
But God had other plans for them.
It was only with the ultimate sacrifice of tens of thousands of ordinary Canadian civilians, awkwardly duded up in khaki and blue, that Hitler was defeated.
The citizens of Canada today, are the rightful heirs of their service, the custodians of the memorial flame that burns in the hearts of millions of Canadians who, themselves, never picked up a weapon of war, but honour a family member who volunteered for military service in a time of need, and died in service to them, not simply because they had a passion for armed combat as a way of life.
And the growing majority of Canadian civilians of today, overwhelmingly say, this is not the time or the place for making war in Afghanistan. If there ever is?
The threat to Canadian peace from Afghanistan - the poorest country in the world - is a stretch so ludicrous it would be laughable were young Canadians not dying in a futile campaign they can never win, because - no matter how you spin it - theirs is a fundamentally undemocratic foreign imposition, and so, totally unviable in both the short, and the long run. An outsider imposed military solution on Canada for any reason, would never be accepted by Canadians; why would anyone think it would work elsewhere just because Canadians are doing it?
You answer, well, what do you expect, military intelligence?
True enough! Indeed if generals read history, instead of their machine gun assembly manuals, or their Tim Horton's donut contracts, they would know, what every school child in the world knows, that Afghanistan is nothing if not the poster child for citizens successfully throwing off any and all foreign military invaders of their homelands.
Afghanistan subdued the British Empire into compliance; Afghanistan defeated the mighty Russian Super Power. It is only a matter of time till it will crush the American Army - and its running dogs, as Chairman Mao used to quip - into another of its growing list of ignominious, but inevitable, military retreats.
Which, this time, involves Canada, making it, in its first military adventure in half a century, a fellow loser in the game of failed US military campaigns: Vietnam, Somalia, Iraq, and now Afghanistan...
And if you say a shooting war worked in Germany and Japan, two questions spring to mind. Are Afghan peasants, in their horrid hovels, a similar threat to Hitler and Hirohito, and their awesome and malevolent industrial might, on the eve of World War II? Who in his right mind ever drew this parallel? The answer is Bush... in his right mind...
Furthermore are civilized Canadians prepared to repeat the blood-letting it took to subdue Germany and Japan, to kill untold thousands of men, women, and children that it will take to impose total control on a Muslim country of non-white people by an armed force of all-white Judaeo-Christian professional soldiers, who, we agree, are perfectly willing to do the deed. After all that is their job. (President Karzai is complaining of the civilian toll from their handiwork already.)
Some 75% plus, of Canadian civilians, are strong in saying that we should not allow a small group of officers, men, and women, of Canada's tiny professional army, to dictate war and peace for 32 million civilians, regardless how gung-ho they are about making war as a full-time job, purportedly on our behalf.
Canadian citizens overwhelmingly say no to General Hillier when he barks, "We are the Canadian Forces and our job is to be able to kill people."
Fine, but not on our time, or on our account. Not now and not in Afghanistan...
And we kindly beg to differ with a grief-stricken mother of a fallen soldier, killed near Kandahar, who cries that the best way to honour her (professional soldier) son is to keep the killing going in Afghanistan... Grief, understandably, warps the thinking of good people who have suffered the ultimate loss. Perhaps she should have pushed him to get an education, and become an accountant, or minister, or salesman, instead of pursuing the warring profession where, everyone knows, bad things can likely happen to good people.
The vast majority of Canadian civilians beg to differ with the bereft mother of a professional soldier. He visited death on other mothers with children in a poor country, half way around the world; now Death has visited him. Extending her pain to others, by keeping the war going, is not the proper way to honour the legacy of sacrifice of Canada's civilian soldiers who fought in two World Wars.
Canadian civilian soldiers did not fight, or kill, because they loved it, or thought it was a great or proper way to spend your life. That enthusiasm and craving for medals they left for professional soldiers.
|Go to Squabble over Afghanistan Medals|
And that is why the professionals have to be kept in check, not given free rein... Once before, the professionals were unchecked, in Somalia, when they wreaked havoc and death on Somalia civilians, and brought such dishonour upon Canada that an entire Canadian professional regiment had to be disbanded in disgrace, and its men and officers dispersed elsewhere. Against the strong opposition of the Canadian regular officer corps.
Now in Afghanistan, President Karzai has complained, over and over again, that more and more innocent Afghani civilians are dying, principally due to the warring zeal of Canadian professional soldiers, and their gung-ho American, and British allies. He has demanded, repeatedly, that they stop! Instead everything is degenerating, for everyone, on all sides. And it can only get worse for a simple and inevitable reason.
Only stupid white men of the war lobby can possibly think they can make war on the millions of non-white Muslim peoples of the world, and win, regardless of the reasons they cook up for justifying it.
These Christian white NATO partners have failed to enlist the participation of a single Muslim partner to put boots on the ground for the war they are carrying out against Muslim peoples. That alone is the worst possible indictment of the mission by these European warriors running amok in the Muslim world.
The clock is ticking; terror attacks, around the world have dramatically skyrocketed every year since Americans invaded Iraq and Canadians joined them in Afghanistan. Who could possibly have expected anything else?
We had thought Canadian professional soldiers were supposedly sent to reduce the threat of terrorism in the world. Instead, thanks to them, Afghanistan has become a worse breeding ground for terror than it ever was. Terror which will no doubt follow them home... Talk about a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Along with common sense, these Judaeo-Christian Crusaders, seem to have forgotten their own Bible, the part about "an eye for an eye." Muslim patriots, whose families and homes are being indiscriminately destroyed, by shelling and bombs, and non-stop warfare, by foreign military invaders from half way around the world, have not.
As before, in great times of trial in Canadian history, it will be Canadian civilians, not the professionals - safe behind their fenced in barracks - who will pay the highest price when retribution comes, whether they are attacked in buses, trains, or commercial high rises. Somehow it seems small comfort, as we bury our dead, to know where the terrorists are coming from and why... We gave them every reason.It is time for the 32 million Canadian civilian, soldiers-in-waiting, to insist that the Canadian government abandon its aberrant indulgence in bloodlust just to please its military and warmonger special interest groups, and to recapture the traditional Canadian momentum for world peace for which Canadians were world renowned for fifty years after Korea, and honoured, by the award of the Nobel Prize for Peace to Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson.
And shooting soldiers are hardly, ever, the best diplomatic ambassadors to win friends around the world. Even when not firing, they lack the education, training, above all, the sensitivity to help solve social, economic, and political problems in places like Somalia and Afghanistan. (To see a soldier's talents at work see what the world's finest army has done to Iraq.)
Somehow General Hillier saying "I love the Afghan people and culture," sounds hollow when he has "killed" far more Afghan men, women, and children than any other Canadian in history.
Isn't it time to haul back the leash on the professional dogs of war, before it is too late...? Just look at what their handiwork has produced... (sidebar bottom)
Isn't it time, again, to put the judgment of questions of war and peace in the hands of civilians?
And send non-military aid and people with education, training, and cross-cultural sensitivity, like teachers, nurses, doctors, care workers, development economists, and biologists, to help, not subdue, and bomb into the dust, the citizens of Afghanistan and other trouble spots in the world?
And call it a Christian solution...
Once more as in the past, isn't it time for Canada to send in a new generation of civilian "soldiers" to fight the war on terror? A civilian job corps, when the Afghans, and the other Muslim nations of the area, are ready to receive it.
In honour of the kind of country generations of Canadian civilian soldiers, like Joe Barfoot, died to make safe, for his family, and for other civilians...
So that Canada's traditional reputation of peacemaking not be further besmirched around the world, especially, in the 21st century, among the vast concourse of non-white and non-Judeo-Christian peoples of the world, whom God placed in the greatest abundance on the planet.
It's what Joe Barfoot would have wanted...
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City of Toronto, Roll of Honour, Joe Barfoot, 1944
Orig. heavy card - Size - 31 x 41 cm
Found - Toronto, ON
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