Today, I noticed that the NDP's website featured a photo of Jack Layton in front of a map of Afghanistan. The headline proclaims "NDP stands up for peace" - I can't believe the audacity and arrogance of the NDP to put up this type of story.
The article it links to features a letter by Jack Layton addressed to "Dear Friend" and criticizes the Conservative and Liberal Parties for their decision to support extending the mission until 2011. He writes that "our position is clear: Canada needs to safely withdraw from the combat mission and lead a process for bringing about security, stability and improving the lives of the Afghan people by building a path toward peace."
Will Jack never understand the military mission is there in order to facilitate peace in Afghanistan? Does he actually think our soldiers are over there just for fun? Does he think that our government is spending over a billion dollars in Afghanistan for nothing? The entire point of the Afghanistan mission is to bring peace and development to Afghanistan, which will never be possible without this mission to back it up.
I wonder if Jack has ever tried to build a well while being shot at? Or perhaps, has he ever tried to educate young boys and girls while being abducted by the Taliban and beheaded?
If we do not physically prevent the Taliban from harming Afghan civilians by getting in their way and opposing them militarily, they will not stop until they have terrorized and subjugated the entire population.
How on earth do the NDP expect peace to come about with the Taliban still present and active in Afghanistan???