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Edmund Onward James





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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 11:01 am    Post subject: War of Necessity? Then go forth in Afghanistan, Chief. Reply with quote

American nomads? Because they live in tents, which doesn't look promising for long term in a lengthy war that has just begun.

However, nomad warriors did build a nation named -- Mongolia.

I strongly suggest forum members read Salim Mansur one of my favourite columnists regarding political science, particularly the Middle East. Salim highly recommended Dexter Filkins of the New York Times. Filkins... "is an American journalist who reports for The New York Times. He has been reporting from Iraq since 2003. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 as part of a team of New York Times reporters for their dispatches from Pakistan and Afghanistan. He was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for his dispatches from Afghanistan."

Afghans see Americans as nomads - Salim Mansur
http://www.torontosun.com/comm.....6-sun.html

Stanley McChrystal’s Long War - Dexter Filkins, NY Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10.....nted=print


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The concept of building permanent structures in Afghanistan is an interesting one. Until now, any such construction was geared toward providing service infrastructure for the Afghani people... school and hospitals...

-Mac
Edmund Onward James





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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely it is the right move. At least a base. Is this a war or what? If so then look at WWII, they built bases in Germany and Japan. Indeed, the grandfathers and fathers, of the enemy, had to pass away; then they had something to work with for demcoracy and decency.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Edmund Onward James wrote:
Absolutely it is the right move. At least a base. Is this a war or what? If so then look at WWII, they built bases in Germany and Japan. Indeed, the grandfathers and fathers, of the enemy, had to pass away; then they had something to work with for demcoracy and decency.

It is no longer a war. It is now insurgency suppression. Bases would be helpful and a decent legacy for the Afghans.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You know, I am supportive of Canada living up to what it commits to internationally. That said, I am glad that our combat presence there is done in 2011, because with the utter farce that the elections there have proven to be with an election run-off with one presidential candidate remaining (the other candidate now having dropped out) I am not sure I can even support our involvement on principle, in ANY capacity let alone a combat role.

Our people are over there shedding their blood so their's can have freedom. And their own people are not even interested making sure their elections are above board.
Edmund Onward James





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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are those in every country, even the most civil, wiil try what they can to win. How about Obam and ACORN, for example.

The majority of Afghans want freedom, however, no country has stayed the course or the long term, which is far more than a decade.

The Muslim world thinks in centuries ans millions of martyrs; whereas we think in days, months, years. We have to stay much longer. Hopefully Pakistan, at least their military, seriously fight the Taliban.
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