The National Post's Don Martin chides our military for not producing "body counts" of the Taliban we kill. Martin apparently believes that the Canadian people need to know that we're killing far more than we're losing from our own side.
Canadians have just two confirmed and photographed Taliban kills to their credit in the past month, a sobering contrast to nine fallen soldiers at the hands of insurgents during the same time frame.
Just this week, 17 Afghan police officers were killed in various hot spots throughout the country, compared with only four dead Taliban.
There have got to be more enemy casualties, of course. Informed observers note Taliban fighters turned into a pink mist by aircraft bombing runs are not counted, although a bombed corpse is just as legitimately dead as a bullet-ridden one, in my view.
Martin thinks all Canadians need is a good, hefty Taliban body count and we'll all rally to the mission. I don't know what world Martin inhabits but it isn't mine and I doubt that it's yours either.
That "pink mist" he refers to is, unfortunately, all too common. The problem is that the mist could be the last traces of women or children taken out by airstrikes on villages. The last thing our military wants to do is to have to justify itself whenever it reduces a human being to a mass of protoplasm.
One of our common complaints about the Taliban is that they stubbornly refuse to stand up in some vacant field to let us kill them. In the time-honoured tradition of insurgents, they do use innocent civilians as there armour. Killing them often means killing civilians in the process.
Sorry, Don, but the fastest way to bleed the already dwindling support for "the mission" is to let Canadians see just how blunt and ugly and sometimes even indiscriminate counter-insurgency warfare can be.