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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 8:01 pm    Post subject: Afghan death toll the price of leadership: Harper Reply with quote

Anyone else notice this story? It was reported by the Canadian Press and has been printed in papers nationaly, including the Calgary Herald and the Globe and Mail. Now, I see letters to the editor in both papers and bloggers saying if they do or do not agree with the statement, many stating their outrage. There is this thing however. I can not find if Harper said this at all in his speach. They do not actually quote him.
I think some read the header and think Harper is being a little like a pompus asshole who is acting like soldiers deaths in Afghanistan is a result of his, or Canadian leadership.
Can anyone tell me if this really was said in his speach? Or if this is the Canadian media quoting Harper out of context to make him look like an asshole.
I could be out there and wrong here, but this is a pretty big story, and I havent seen Harper actually quoted to have said that.[/url]

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have not read his speech but I am sure the clip was probably in context. I am sure he said something like the following:

    Canada is a proud member of the NATO alliance. We have in the past - and will in the future - play a leadership role in this organization dedicated to the peace and security of the values and liberties we hold dear.

    Today, our brave soldiers are once again engaged in such a battle. Under UN auspices, NATO soldiers are keeping the peace and security in Afghanistan so that it does not once again fall prey to the radical Al Qaeda elements that continue to lurk over the border in the Northwest frontier provinces of Pakistan.

    As you know, too many of our soldiers have fallen for this cause. Grieve for them and their families, but be fiercely proud of them, because they have died for you and me.

    They have paid the ultimate price for freedom and security, and it is because of their sacrifice this nation stands tall today in the world.

I am sure it was said in a similar context.
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