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Sunday, July 13, 2008 

Canadians Are Being Lied To About War In Afghanistan

"The first casualty of War is Truth"

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Canada's newly appointed top soldier has completed a five-day visit to Afghanistan and offered the uniquely upbeat assessment that any increase in violence this year has been negligible.

The cheerful prognosis from Canada's new chief of defence staff, General Walter Natynczyk, flies in the face of an independent analysis that shows a 77-per-cent surge in Taliban attacks in Kandahar province this year.

The comparatively sunny assessment from Gen. Natynczyk after his tour of Afghanistan is also at odds with the increasingly grim portrait being painted by Canada's allies.

The Pentagon has cited a 40-per-cent increase in insurgent attacks in eastern areas of Afghanistan where U.S. forces operate, and notes that it is now losing more soldiers here than in Iraq.

Globe & Mail

Canadians are being lied to about the state of the war in Afghanistan. The Conservative government wants us to believe that we are winning and that huge progress is being made in reconstruction of the nation.

Canada's allies are being much more honest and pragmatic about the situation with the Taliban. Hard questions should be asked of Harper and all Conservatives by both Canadians and New Democrat and Liberal Members of parliament.

Why are we being lied to?

Well it's hard to sell a war that is REALLY all about protecting an oil pipeline (that will be built) and potential resource extraction of natural gas. So it needs to be sold in sunny terms and how things are going swimmingly.
That infrastructure rebuilding - should zoom in on that.

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