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Why Canada cannot afford to shrug off Afghanistan

By Ali Mirzad      

If 19 years has taught us anything, shoving more money in that quicksand of a country isn’t going to fix it or stop the persecution of the Hazaras.

Members of the 6 Mobile Strike Force Kandak move into position during their validation exercise at the Consolidated Fielding Centre, Kabul, Afghanistan, during Operation ATTENTION in Sept. 2013. Canadian Armed Forces photograph courtesy of Sgt. James Funk

This fall, Canadians will have not one, but two, elections to be concerned about. The latter will take place miles away across the Atlantic Ocean, on Sept. 28 in Afghanistan—a land far too familiar to Canadians. Come October, regardless who the next tenant of 24 Sussex will be, the Afghanistan red file is not one that they’ll be able to shrug aside as the Trudeau Liberals, in their first term, have done.

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