Editor’s Notes

In Afghanistan Canadians will get the same thing the Russians got

True North is dedicated to the ancient court admonition to
tell The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth

If I were not such an optimist I’d be dismayed at how those with apparent intelligence and political sophistication can be so easily fooled when confronted by the lies of psychopathic personalities.

Moving from left to right across the political spectrum we have Naomi Klein, Gwynne Dyer, and Rex Murphy, all of whom are considered, with good reason, to be competent political commentators. But all three of them fell fully into the flood of lies from the mouths of Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld prior to, and for too long after, the White House invasion of Iraq. Blinded by expertly delivered falsehoods our three pundits kept insisting that the attack on Iraq was not about oil.

But it was, and is, about oil.

Back in 2002 and 2003 a retired U.S. army colonel was one of the few voices in public to recognize the Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld cabal for what they were: The Liars Club he called them more than once on CNN’s Larry King show.

In order to shore up public support for this false cause the Pentagon, bending over backwards to please that dismal trio of draft dodgers, attempted by lying to make heroes out of an honest dedicated young woman who was injured in a traffic accident during the early stages of the invasion of Iraq, and later the death of a sports hero — respectively Jessica Lynch and Pat Tillman.

It is said that the first casualty of war is the truth. Only Hitler can be considered a match in lies for the Gang of Three that has caused so much misery. Take a look back at the lies Hitler delivered about Poland before he attacked that country in 1939. As I’ve said here before, The Liars Club has been reading from the same script. Just change the names of the countries from Poland to Iraq and now Iran.

It’s a shame how limited is our sense of history. You’d think that Klein, Dyer, and Murphy would be informed enough to understand the language of lies in dishonest cause. How can we then blame Americans and too many Canadians for buying the bull? But we can be cheered that in their overwhelming majority they now understand the truth. “. . . you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.”

In keeping with True North’s Mission Statement we present in this issue two perspectives on Afghanistan, one by the Canadian Defence Association and the second by a journalist from the Montreal newspaper La Presse

I respect the CDA as a serious, responsible organization that does its best to fulfill its mandate of working in the best interests of our country. I respect Michèle Ouimet who isLa Presse correspondent in Kabul as an honest journalist dedicated to the truth, and who is also one who is committed to the best interests of our country. She published a series titled, Afghanistan: The Failings of the Canadian Mission. Below we offer excerpts from her reports.

I’ll leave them with you after a few more words.

Because it’s so much in the news most of us are at least somewhat informed about what’s happening in Iraq. But we may have forgotten, or maybe never knew, that the mess in Afghanistan is an American horror story born in the Cold War. With Soviet troops in Afghanistan — some say by invitation of Kabul, others say not — Washington financed and armed none other than Osama bin Laden and the Taliban. Bin Laden rewarded the Americans by becoming father of infamous 9/11. The Taliban seized power after the Soviets left and reduced a flowering modern society to a Middle Ages mockery of what Americans stand for.

I spoke recently to an Afghan refugee, now a happy citizen of Canada. He said that the best Afghanistan has had in living memory was when the Russians were there. Schools were open to both boys and girls. Women were free to live their lives and pursue careers as they do in the West, there was full employment, health care, construction of homes and other buildings. All this, and more, vanished when the American-supported Taliban took over.

Please see a cartoon below based on a true to life experience of an American journalist in today’s Afghanistan. Read it carefully and consider the lesson: no matter how much positive work, no matter how much construction we do there on the backs of our dead and wounded, the country will never know peace so long as we are there. No matter how noble we may be in our determination to do good, we’ll always be considered foreign invaders and will always be given the same treatment the Russians got.

I hate to say it, but the best way to support our troops is to bring them home now. Then when the Afghanistans settle down we can approach them diplomatically with respect for their decisions and for their culture. We practice this with countries as diverse as theological Saudi Arabia (where a woman raped at gun point was recently sentenced to 200 lashes) and communist China. In Afghanistan we have false hope against a background of record heroin-fueling poppy crops. Our children are dying or coming home physically or mentally crippled in a hopeless cause.

Afghanistan: the Americans broke it; let the Americans fix it.  

A final note to our three pundits: even though Afghanistan doesn’t have any, even there it’s still about oil.

Looking forward

Carl Dow
Editor and Publisher
True North Perspective