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What to do about the Afghan quagmire

Canada and its allies must acknowledge that after a decade they are slowly, painfully, going nowhere. Foreign Affairs' most recent quarterly report on Afghanistan may be its last and the Cabinet committee on Afghanistan has been disbanded.

TORONTO—The Department of Foreign Affairs has now produced 10 quarterly progress "reports" on Afghanistan. They reveal little progress and significant regress on the most critical issue: security. The most recent report notes that insurgent attacks have increased by 70 per cent over the past year. Simultaneously, it reports, "Sixty per cent of Kandaharis see themselves as safe in their communities, and 46 per cent see security as improving. Only one in six Kandaharis see security as getting worse." The implication is that Canadians have contributed to this relatively positive state of affairs. The findings of a more recent poll conducted for a BBC/ABC/Washington Post/German ADR consortium paint a more troubling picture.

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What to do about the Afghan quagmire

Canada and its allies must acknowledge that after a decade they are slowly, painfully, going nowhere. Foreign Affairs' most recent quarterly report on Afghanistan may be its last and the Cabinet committee on Afghanistan has been disbanded.

TORONTO—The Department of Foreign Affairs has now produced 10 quarterly progress "reports" on Afghanistan. They reveal little progress and significant regress on the most critical issue: security. The most recent report notes that insurgent attacks have increased by 70 per cent over the past year. Simultaneously, it reports, "Sixty per cent of Kandaharis see themselves as safe in their communities, and 46 per cent see security as improving. Only one in six Kandaharis see security as getting worse." The implication is that Canadians have contributed to this relatively positive state of affairs. The findings of a more recent poll conducted for a BBC/ABC/Washington Post/German ADR consortium paint a more troubling picture.

  

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