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Harper skims lightly over hardest truths on Afghanistan

The Prime Minister is right to recognize the human sacrifice and good works in Afghanistan. But that's a far cry from having the political permission to stay as long as necessary to do what may not be possible.

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Who can argue when Stephen Harper says Canada is doing a lot for Afghanistan? A mission now costing a fortune in blood and money is making that country marginally safer, more stable, and modern. That's not only as it should be, it's the least to expect. When foreigners topple a local government they assume the burden of cleaning up the mess. Measured today, the price of that effort is 55 Canadian lives and more than $6-billion. So the

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