Training, Not Fighting

General Rick Hiller, commanding Canadian forces in Afghanistan, said the new emphasis of Canadian troops was to stop being involved in fighting and switch to emphasizing training of Afghan military forces. He is convinced training a new Afghan army is the best guarantee that Canada can leave Afghanistan and allow its people to fight their own battles.

There is a lesson in the Canadian decision– America must shift its priorities to training and cease being directly involved in fighting. People win their own civil wars, outside help eventually becomes counter-productive.