Thursday, September 20, 2007

Nobody Can Leave, Nobody Will Leave

That's decided then, Canada is staying the course in Kandahar. Who decided that you might ask? The decision that we can't and won't leave Afghanistan was apparently taken by NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.

In an interview with the Dutch newspaper NCR Handelsblad Scheffer made this pronouncement, "There are 40 countries participating in the NATO mission in Afghanistan (ISAF). And nobody can leave, nobody will leave."

What Scheffer really seems to be saying is that he doesn't have a clue what to do if NATO's handful of members who are bearing the brunt of this thing - the US, Britain, Holland and Canada - decide that some of those other 36 ought to take their turn at the oars for a while. With no idea what else to do, Scheffer is reduced to cheap and hollow rhetoric. It doesn't help that he's sounding a lot like OJ Simpson.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

and Holland is getting out of the combat bit....they are talking about it now..No more combat for Holland..let those crazy old Canadians get the bullet.,,they have a stupid PM who thinks Canada should be like belgium ?????gramps