The government of Stephen Harper has cooperated with US authorities in returning AWOL American soldiers to America. However, Liberal and New Democratic politicians promised if the current Harper government falls, they would protect AWOL soldiers from being returned. Liberal Mario Silva said: “To all those brave men and women who have in fact objected to the (Iraq) war we say, bravo. We say welcome, you should be here in Canada.” The House of Commons in Canada passed a resolution in June calling for a cease in returning AWOL men and women to the states.
New Democrat Olivia Chow, emphasized, “we are a nation of compassion and peace. We really should not deport war resisters into American jails.” We sometime forget the brave men and woman who fought in Iraq were sent there because their president lied to them. To lie to men and women who are sent into combat should result in jail time for those who lied.
At least eight American soldiers died yesterday in what appears to be the deadliest day in fighting in many months. The attacks showed the ability of insurgents to strike in the heart of the heavily fortified cap[ital as welll as in the restive Diyala province. The suicide bomber hit the soldiers after they had left their Humvees and were chatting with shop owners. While face-to-face contact builds good-will, it also gives suicide bombers, who often slip past security gurard checkpoints by walking, better access to striking at soldiers.
There is no question deaths are down significantly in the past few months due to a combination of the surge, a cease-fire by radical Shiite cleric Muqutada al-Sadr, and the role of former Sunni militants and tribal groups who have switched sides to join the fight against al-Qaida. However, this is a fragile alliance which might well collapse if American troops withdraw from Iraq. An ongoing problem is failure on the part of the Iraq government to create a true alliance and become a force of unity and reconstruction. Until the Iraq government assumes leadership everything depends on an alliance which is centered in the presence of 160,000 US troops.
The Bush administration insists the surge has worked. Has it?
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