Friday, February 01, 2008

Daily Digest February 1, 2008


The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA.

EDITORIALs

CAPE BRETON POST - Churchill power an opportunity
http://www.capebretonpost.com/index.cfm?sid=103969&sc=151

HALIFAX NEWS - African heritage is everyone's heritage
http://www.hfxnews.ca/index.cfm?sid=104057&sc=90

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD - All eyes on Super Tuesday
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorials

         Presidential candidates racing to Super Tuesday
         http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1035214.html

AMHERST DAILY NEWS - A much better approach
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=104205&sc=61

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER - Act now on native school funding issue
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=883034

TORONTO STAR - The Alberta elephant
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/299330

NATIONAL POST - Alberta's censorship problem
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=278472

K-W RECORD - New jobs, good jobs
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/303287

WINDSOR STAR - Segregation in Toronto
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=2fd27dc4-1a83-4695-8998-0fd2760c518b

SUDBURY STAR - Soften up; Harper needs to convince Canadians he's more than a political animal
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=883198&auth=Den+Tandt%2c+Michael

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - Arbour's flip-flop
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4118237p-4713208c.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Lending ear to Lougheed wise for Sask.
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=a53cd356-bff8-4197-b878-032f455b6a0e

REGINA LEADER-POST - Life, Death & Dollars
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=98139b96-c46b-44c5-a509-0c012c258395

CALGARY HERALD - Afro-centric overkill
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=067a84e1-99a1-4805-9b5f-3e58f7815872

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - We're living in chemical times
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_9641.php

VANCOUVER SUN - Ill-considered response to an ethics issue undermines Harper's own integrity
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=f0e56e16-c07e-4449-8f41-7f71989f0587


ISSUES

CANADIAN FORCES
Military turns to technology to fight deadly roadside bombs
Allocates $5 million to deal with deadly threat
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/299436

Canada army nixes idea of peaceful Afghan mission - all 533 news articles »

http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct=ca/0-0&fp=47a309066dc32f37&ei=wnejR8iVMYT6-wGCksGEBw&url=http%3A//ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCAN0142511520080201&cid=1126970030

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Report seeks tax dollars for Canada's oil industry
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/story/4118348p-4713215c.html


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
U.S. raises alarms over mission
Greatest threat is abandonment, international community told
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=278445

NATO winning battles, losing Afghanistan
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/JB02Df02.html

Taliban take a hit, but the fight goes on -the momentum
for the Taliban's spring offensive was already in place
before his death, and now it is gaining pace.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/JB02Df03.html

Protesters in Kabul Call for Release of Detained Afghan Journalist
http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/allDocs/58DD4F36B0F17463872573E2006BCD97?OpenDocument

Afghan protest: 'He just shared an article with friends. What's the problem?'
http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/allDocs/4AC7DD807AAC90FE872573E2006A5971?OpenDocument

Afghan Peace Only Possible With More Foreign Aid
Deutsche Welle (02/01/2008)
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Is the U.S. Failing in Afghanistan?
Time.com (02/01/2008)
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Germany rejects troop request for southern Afghanistan
AFP (02/01/2008)
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Three Independent Reports Conclude Efforts in Afghanistan are Failing and Call for Urgent Action
The Huffington Post (02/01/2008)
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New bid to control Pakistan's tribal belt
The Christian Science Monitor (02/01/2008)
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Former Afghan minister worried mission not succeeding in public support
The Canadian Press (02/01/2008)
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Taliban shifts tactics in Afghanistan
Los Angeles Times (02/01/2008)
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Mission creep in Afghanistan
Asia Times (02/01/2008)
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In the dark
The Economist (02/01/2008)
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NATO winning battles, losing Afghanistan
Asia Times (02/01/2008)
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Why the Afghan Taleban feel confident
BBC (02/01/2008)


JUSTICE SYSTEM
MPs race against clock on new law as suspects await fate
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080201.wharkat01/BNStory/National/home


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Black-focused schools present a problem of principle for Dalton's Liberals
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Blizzard_Christina/2008/02/01/4805647-sun.php

Province will quash black-focused schools if they become a trend: premier
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080201/national/black_focused_school


POLITICS
Environment Canada 'muzzles' scientists' dealings with media
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=55e49c18-cb8d-45dd-a2d3-22dc0f053f18

Harper leaves the hooks against his own
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cyberpresse.ca%2Farticle%2F20080201%2FCPACTUALITES%2F80131254%2F1025%2FCPACTUALITES&langpair=fr%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

Fortier in shipyard conflict
Minister shunned Casey on Irving file, then broke own rules about not discussing cases before court
http://thechronicleherald.ca/NovaScotia/1035468.html

Ottawa kept abuse charges against ally secret
Kandahar governor accused of beating and using electric shocks on detainees in secret Afghan prisons
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080201.wdetainee01/BNStory/Afghanistan/?cid=al_gam_nletter_newsUp

Harper refuses to take questions about alleged Afghan prisoner abuse by governor
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080201/national/harper_nurses

THE AFGHAN MISSION: FROM CANADIAN CUSTODY INTO CRUEL HANDS: WHO KNEW?
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080201.DETAINEEQA01/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Government lawyers want Afghan case tossed out
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080131.wafghcan0130/BNStory/National/home

Detainee transfers necessary for security, general says
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=07dd8d73-63ff-4dc6-a1ec-a6f8cfb07c93

Canadians holding 18-20 detainees on Kandahar base
http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2008/01/31/afghan-detainees.html

Afghanistan needs Aussie troops till 2023: report
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/news/world/afghanistan-needs-aussie-troops-till-2023-report/2008/01/31/1201714143703.html

Kanadhar military mission not possible without combat, Hillier says
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080201/national/afghan_cda_hillier

Washington lends hand to Ottawa
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ledevoir.com%2F2008%2F02%2F01%2F174206.html&langpair=fr%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

On our own in Kandahar
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=8737a590-c504-4a45-8aa1-bee1271c5d87

What a piece of work is Dion
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=278447

The politics of risk
In December, Parliament came together in an impressive display of nuclear risk management -- it's been all downhill since then
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/columnists/story.html?id=50d4bab6-81dc-48ad-aa7b-6707c471c97b

The battle for Quebec
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=278534

Madness of King Harper
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/columnists/story.html?id=dcdacdcf-d56a-4727-845c-6ef7478e2af5

Open season on Ottawa's flacks
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=fd9c23d9-05a6-494b-ba72-04ce4c3e2db6&k=18623

'We don't do God'
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=278533

Power changes outlook on proper ways to use it
The only too common practice of browbeating MPs, civil servants and political staff into compliance is exacting a price.
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/299435

MPs fear prisoner `loophole'
Opposition suggests Canadian troops letting Afghan soldiers take detainees into custody
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/299434

Parties push for inquiry into political interference
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080201.wlobby01/BNStory/National/home

Federal Liberal fundraising plunges by more than half
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=278449

Former spokesman to lobby for Mulroney over ethics hearings
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=a7da863a-7ff2-400b-95f6-d75a668c0645


PROGRAMMES
Tech sale under scrutiny
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/National/2008/02/01/4805258-sun.html

$600M reactors meant to supply important medical isotopes unlikely to come on line: Sources
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Weston_Greg/2008/02/01/4805638-sun.php

No tax cuts in budget, Tories say
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/299425


PRESSURE POINTS
Adapting employment to fit a warming world
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/299336

Conference Board supports a Canadian carbon tax
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/business/story.html?id=1fca1950-3374-4acc-aef1-c6d004c78c9d

Canadians complacent, ill-prepared for pandemic, report warns
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=1a2f54d7-31db-4793-9a1f-24b7297db419


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Endlessly divisible Canada
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/299337

What happened to the Harper government's much touted law and order agenda?
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/Columnists/Harris_Michael/2008/02/01/4805203.html

Canadians need to ponder their place in the world
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/columnists/story.html?id=85bde454-7930-439d-a6f0-f988a7a5a66f

Sacred cows: Guess who's getting milked
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080201.RREYNOLDS01/TPStory/TPBusiness/Politics/

Something good needs to come from this tragedy
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=66abe290-acc2-4e52-951a-624207f6d56c

Afghan support hinges on democracy
Our troops must be pulled if country imposes Sharia law and strict Islamic code
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=42fd0185-7019-4771-908f-5b51750352ee

Harper must speak up about this travesty of justice in Afghanistan
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=7d9ba37a-6285-48c5-84c2-5e24dfce7738


INFOS

Des avocats fédéraux jugent vaine la poursuite sur les détenus afghans
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080131/N0131246AU.html

Une mission liée au combat
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2008/02/01/002-Hillier-afghanistan.shtml

Washington fait pression sur Berlin et Paris
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/International/2008/02/01/003-afghan-renforts-sud.shtml

Harper sort les crocs contre les siens
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080201/CPACTUALITES/80131254/1025/CPACTUALITES

Financement: les libéraux traînent la patte
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080201/CPACTUALITES/802010622/1025/CPACTUALITES

Vote sur la mission en Afghanistan: Dion courtisé de toutes parts
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080201/CPACTUALITES/802010629/1025/CPACTUALITES

Taser: le Bloc réclame un moratoire
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080201/CPACTUALITES/802010617/1025/CPACTUALITES

Gomery est déçu par Harper
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080201/CPACTUALITES/802010621/1025/CPACTUALITES

Washington prête main-forte à Ottawa
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/02/01/174206.html


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Rhetoric and Reality

        Call it what you will, discussion, debate, disputation, differences of opinion can be based on reason (supported by factual data) or emotion.
        
        The following Letter to the Editor IMLTHO (in my less than humble opinion as its author) is reason based.  It does not state the unwritten
        prognosis: that somewhat studying Afghan History decades from now will read "
No one has ever managed to subdue or unite them: the Mughals,
        Sikhs, British, Russians and Americans have all suffered defeat at their hands."
        
         Maroon articles relating to Afghanistan dominate the Digest to-day.
        
        Consider the views expressed in the Letter that follows and the prognosis made above: do they reflect reality as you see it or are they rhetoric?
        
                  Joe

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To: Letter to the Editor <joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca>
From: Joe Hueglin <joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca>
Subject: Manley's Afghanistan Report: Rhetoric and Reality.

Dear Editor,

Manley's Report is unrealistic in suggesting 1 000 more troops will make a substantial difference in Afghanistan. Seventy-five hundred British troops have been unable to bring stability in neighbouring Helmand Province.

Both there and in Kandahar the only territory effectively controlled is the camps and the ground being traversed by NATO patrols.

Manley's statement that: "We'll be out much sooner than that. Much sooner than a decade," is based on developing the Afghan Army's capability. The plan is to rapidly churn out infantry battalions.

Battalions which must also have "real concrete suggestions about how to establish the professional Afghan military cadres like the medical, logistics, police, legal and engineering officers that will be required to make the ANA a stand-alone force,". for without these as well as infantry training "NATO will never be able to disengage."

"It was a superb year. The insurgents won nothing on the battlefield," General Dan McNeill, outgoing International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander said of 2007. The cost of winning however has been "collateral damage".

Civilians killed through the use of air power or being shot "are inspiring people to take up "jihad," or holy war, against coalition forces as a form of blood debt." These are debts unrelated to the Taliban but flowing from Pushtunwali, the Honour Code of the Pashtuns; debts that must be collected.

The rhetoric of the Manley Report is that there are winning conditions.  Reality, based on the history of the Pushtuns, is there are none for:  "No one has ever managed to subdue or unite them: the Mughals, Sikhs, British and Russians have all suffered defeat at their hands."

The conditions laid out by Manley will most probably be met. It is realistic to assume the recommendation requiring air transport will reduce Canadian casualties.  It is not realistic to assume that the 1000 troops and the additional air power will defeat the insurgency.

Yours truly

Joe Hueglin
5838 Mouland Avenue
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Tel 905-356-3901

ANNOTATED COPY______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Manley's Report is unrealistic is suggesting 1 000 more troops will make a substantial difference. Seventy-five hundred British troops have been unable to bring about stability in the  neighbouring Province of Helmand.

Both there and in Kandahar the only territory effectively controlled are the camps and the ground being traversed by NATO patrols.

Manley's statement "We'll be out much sooner than that. Much sooner than a decade." (1) is based on developing the Afghan Army's capability. The plan is to rapidly churn out infantry battalions.

Battalions which must also have "real concrete suggestions about how to establish the professional Afghan military cadres like the medical, logistics, police, legal and engineering officers that will be required to make the ANA a stand-alone force,". for without these as well as infantry training "NATO will never be able to disengage." (2)

"It was a superb year. The insurgents won nothing on the battlefield." (3) General Dan McNeill, outgoing International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander said of 2007. The cost of winning however has been "collateral damage". (4)

Civilians killed through the use of air power or being shot "are inspiring people to take up "jihad," or holy war, against coalition forces as a form of blood debt." (5) These are debts unrelated to the Taliban flowing but rom Pushtunwali, the Honour Code of the Pashtuns. (6), debts that must be collected.

The rhetoric of the Manley Report is that there are winning conditions.  Reality, based on the history of the Pushtuns, is there are none for  "No one has ever managed to subdue or unite them: the Mughals, Sikhs, British and Russians have all suffered defeat at their hands." (7)

The conditions laid out by Manley will most probably be met. It is realistic to assume the recommendation requiring air transport will reduce Canadian casualties.  It is not realistic to assume that the 1000 troops and the additional air power will defeat the insurgency.

(1) Combat role won't exceed 10 years, Manley says
     http://199.246.67.249/servlet/ArticleNews/PEstory/LAC/20080124/MANLEY24/national/somnia/national/3/3/32/

(2) Shortfalls of report on Afghan mission no laughing matter
     http://thechronicleherald.ca/Columnists/1034688.html

(3) NATO force chief vows more pressure on Taliban in 2008
     http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5jicQWo_QNckDU_XQS2LNiYPEcUrg

(4) Afghan civilian deaths damaging NATO
     http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/05/13/africa/taliban.php

(5) Canadian military probes Afghan civilian deaths
     http://www.thestar.com/News/article/295072

(6) Attachment, Pushtunwali - Honour among them.doc;

(7) The Pashtun (or Pathans)
     http://www.crossroad.to/Quotes/Islam/Pashtun.html


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