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Afghanistan: Debacle in the Making

Stephen Harper Afghanistan

DOBBIN: In order to sell Canadians on our war-fighting mission in Afghanistan, the Harper government resorts to using language that reduces the debate to an adolescent level. By constantly repeating phrases like "we can't cut and run" and we won't leave "until the job is done," or "we have to support our troops" or we "can't let the terrorists win" Harper hopes to frame the debate so that nothing substantive ever gets discussed. These are the kind of arguments you find amongst adolescent boys fighting in schoolyards: too immature and too driven by their testosterone to actually think straight about the consequences of their actions.

In This Series

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Stephen Harper Afghanistan

Harper's Taste for War

PM's pride tied to military muscle, U.S. approval.

By Murray Dobbin, 25 Sep 2006


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Canadian Soldiers

How the West Destroyed Afghanistan

History got us into this mess. Can it get us out?

By Murray Dobbin, 3 Oct 2006


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Operation Backfire

Our soldiers are making enemies of those they are supposed to be helping.

By Murray Dobbin, 16 Oct 2006


Please Admit You Don’t Like Poor People So We Can Move On

In order to override cognitive reactions to visible poverty, you’ve got to admit your biases.

By Hanna Brooks Olsen