weve carried the majority of the war
bought time canada did there share eh!
"PASHMUL, Afghanistan ? NATO forces scored one of their biggest victories here in ferocious fighting in September, flushing out an area of southern Afghanistan that had been swarming with Taliban insurgents. But almost immediately a new and more difficult battle began ? for support of the local people.
"Villagers trickling back to their homes broke into an argument over who was to blame for the heavy destruction, NATO or the Taliban.
"?My house was bombarded and my grape store destroyed,? said Hajji Bilal Jan, 48, a farmer from the upper part of Pashmul. ?The coalition forces are cruel, without reason. There were no Taliban in our house. Why did they bombard the house??
"Another man, Neamatullah, 45, who like many Afghans uses only one name, stopped to listen and then countered: ?Why did you let the Taliban come to your village? You brought them to your village.?
"The battle here, the biggest for the American-led forces in the country since March 2002, was a long-awaited success for NATO forces in a year in which the Taliban have revived with surprising strength."
Not until the 7th paragraph are the dead "American led NATO forces" identified as Canadian, and then only as casualties. The entire effort in the province around Pashmul is a Canadian Forces operation with American air support.
And you wonder why Canadians resent being taken for granted by the US and not even given credit for their efforts, only for their losses.
Still, please note the comparative death rate of 100 to 1, not bad for the forces of a country "that the United States has protected since 1776" according to some here.
New York Times Oct 3. Usual Speakeasy login and password.