Second Thots

Sometimes one has to step back, take pause, and have some "second thots"

Saturday, September 22, 2007


The Globe and Mail's hypocrisy on Afghanistan

While I agree with almost everything the Globe now has to say about our mission in Afghanistan, I find their current views to be a tad hypocritical, to say the least.

Perhaps no single development is more responsible for undermining support for the war than the Globe's scandal-mongering some months back regarding Taliban allegations of prisoner abuse. For weeks, the Globe and the Liberal party were a tag-team, jumping on even the slightest allegation to score maximum political damage on the Harper government — and thus erode support for the mission.

Back then, they had no regard for the kind of impact this trumped up scandal would have on support for the mission. Now they turn around and urge political leadership in support of that same mission?

While I agree with the apparent conversion, I can't say that I agree with the blatant hypocrisy.

It's just business .. political business .. and once the BCE-controlled Globe & Mail realized that their Liberal patrons were facing imminent defeat with Dion as their leader, they changed their tune on Afghanistan.

Alternatively, perhaps they are trying to pave the way for Dion's visit to Afghanistan and his support for our troops (Quebec VanDoos) fighting there.


I doubt it's the latter, since Dion's position is essentially to get out by the firm Feb 2009 deadline. The Globe's editorial is essentially opposed to that view.

A Dion visit to Afghanistan is hard to reconcile with his position on the mission, which is to get the heck out of there, and send a clear signal to this country's enemies that we want to get the heck out of there.


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