A great man once said, "Politics is inherently stupid." That great man was me.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

When Victory is 'Failure'

I'm getting a little tired of news media reports that cast victory as failure:

Afghan President Hamid Karzai welcomed Harper as a friend, thanked Canada for its help and denied that Taliban detainees are mistreated. His officials argue, hopefully, that the Taliban has been weakened by the death of Mullah Dadullah, a top commander and that the insurgents are now too weak to prevail, even though the fighting has grown more intense, claiming 1,500 lives so far this year, many of them insurgents.

Emphasis mine. Now granted, this is an op-ed piece but I've seen this sort of thing done in many supposedly legitimate and unbiased news articles. That line is supposed to be a contrast to the good news that Dadullah is dead - they think it's bad news. It's as if they actually believe the death of 1,500 of the enemy who threaten Canada's sons and daughters on the front line every day is a bad thing. I've got a better idea: it's a good thing, and its more proof of the ongoing success in Afghanistan.

While any bloodshed is awful in the long run, the more dead Taliban the better life becomes for the people of Afghanistan who desperately struggle against them for basic human rights we take for granted here at home - and the safer our brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers in the Armed Forces will be as they bravely serve their country in the noble service of human rights.



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