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Monday, April 16, 2007 

Defence Minister Says Canada Needs 15 More Years In Afghanistan

Canada's Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor says we may need to extend our military committment in Afghanistan another 10 - 15 years. Somehow I do not believe that Canadians will accept that view.

Ottawa announced last week that it was getting 20 Leopard II tanks on loan from Germany and purchasing another 100 tanks from the Netherlands. The total price tag is $650 million.

Globe & Mail

In O'Connor's defence, what he actually said was that we need a bunch of new tanks because military planners forsee us needing these tanks for missions LIKE Afghanistan for the next 10-15 years.

Whatever he thinks, he most certainly did NOT say we need 15 more years in Afghanistan. He may believe that, but he didn't say it. In fact, some have argued he went out of his way NOT to say it.

Quote: "Afghanistan and these type of engagements are the future for 10, 15 years," Mr. O'Connor told CTV's current affairs program Question Period."

I don't like economies that are based on war. It is immoral.

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