SANTIAGO, Chile (CP) - Prime Minister Stephen Harper says only a stepped-up military presence in Afghanistan can prevent the troubled country from again becoming a haven for terrorists.
Canada went to Afghanistan because it was a failed state responsible for training the terrorists that killed two dozen Canadians in the World Trade Centre attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Harper said.
Afghanistan represented a security threat to the world then, he said at the end of a Latin American trip, and it will again if NATO countries don't step up their efforts to resist the Taliban and al-Qaida insurgency.
"I don't think it's an option for Canada or anybody else to close our eyes and pretend there aren't severe problems in other parts of the world," he said.
Yet the leftist Opposition wants us to stop doing the right thing!
They simply won't allow themselves to understand that "sitting down and talking with" bloodthirsty, death-wishing barbarians will not do any good.
Besides, if they were serious, why haven't they actually made a move to set up a meeting with Mullah Mohammed Omar or perhaps Osama bin Laden, if they really believe that these sorts of folks are rational and can be convinced to give up intolerance, torture, murder, terror, supremacism, imperialism, evil, cruelty, inhumanity, cannibalism (a recently-reported Al Qaeda evil) and all that?
Does the leftist Opposition want to risk another 9/11? Do they have their heads so far upside their bums that they actually believe that it couldn't/wouldn't possibly ever happen again? Are they stupid or crazy? Or is it just their bizarre, delusional, dogmatic ideology to which they stubbornly, unquestioningly adhere? Their appeasenik ideology is, in one word, dangerous. Chamberlain was wrong about Hitler. The left today is wrong about Islamic fascism.