If Stephane Dion thought he was able to have a private conversation with Afghan president Karzai in Kabul, Afghanistan's ambassador to Canada set him straight on that.
According to the Toronto Star, Ambassador Omar Samad reports that Karzai told Dion that "calls by the federal Liberals for a new, non-combat role for Canadian troops in Afghanistan could undo the gains made so far and mean the sacrifices made by slain soldiers have been in vain."
"This type of threat, in the form of terrorism and extremism, needs to be dealt with directly and head-on. That point had been made by the president."
After his meeting on Saturday, Dion said Karzai would "welcome" whatever role Canada plays in rebuilding his troubled country even if it's not a combat mission.
Samad didn't indicate when Karzai intends to sling his drug baron brother's ass in jail or, for that matter, any of the other drug lords Karzai is dependent upon, the very people whose opium industry funds the insurgency. Then there's the corruption and compromise that undermines the Afgan government and leaves Karzai, in effect, the mayor of Kabul. If Samad and Karzai want to find something that "needs to be dealt with directly and head-on" they can begin by taking a real close look at themselves.