Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Daily Digest February 20, 2008



CAPE BRETON POST - Provinces move to co-operate

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD - Fallout over satellite strike

AMHERST DAILY NEWS - A throwback to hideous days

        Much ado over decor

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Musharraf's defeat is victory for democracy

        In Cuba, plus ça change ...

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Defence secrets

TORONTO STAR - Cities in need of Ottawa's aid

         Recognize Kosovo

NATIONAL POST - The Queen is Canadian

HAMILTON SPECTATOR - Let's support Cuban reforms

K-W RECORD - Exit Fidel Castro, enter, a freer Cuba

SUDBURY STAR - Time for U.S. to stop shunning Cuba

Expensive Grits; Stephane Dion must come clean about cost of promises

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - Kosovo is not Quebec

         'Dictator light'

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - International law must settle Kosovo future


EDMONTON JOURNAL - More than enough of Fidel

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Rethinking path to law and order

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN - Time to pay for green plan

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - A carbon-tax leap into the unknown


Kosovo independence potential flashpoint between Russia, U.S.
Kosovo matters today because it is part of Putin's strategy to restore Russia to the status of a great power.

A chance to change history
Pakistan's people have delivered a devastating blow to Pervez Musharraf.
He must now find an honourable exit, for his own good and that of the country.

Pakistan sifts through election aftermath

Nato chief calm on Afghan visit

Disinformation flies as US raises Iran bar

US coalition troops detain 22 suspects in two raids in southern Afghanistan
The Associated Press (02/20/2008)
US military holding Afghan journalist for 'Taliban contacts'
AFP (02/20/2008)
Kabul Today: No Trees, No Paved Roads, No Electricity, No Women in Sight--Only Drugs and Guns
Pajamas Media (02/20/2008)
Fear as Afghans ponder arrest of warlord
The Scotsman (02/20/2008)

Flaherty says Ontario should stimulate economy with business tax breaks


Harper government's style caught in time warp, McGuinty says

Quebec opens door to more private health care

Ontario Premier isn't sitting still for Flaherty

Ontario to explore turning trash into energy


Mood swings hurt Dion's credibility
The Liberal leader's threats to defeat the government are wearing thin

Budget will be thin on goodies

Crime bill to beat deadline, senator says

CIDA's policy on failed mega-projects: Forget it

Ottawa proposing Manley as UN boss in Kabul

Kosovo comparison absurd
Those who link Quebec independence with Kosovo are making a big stretch

Reports of America's decline

Why isn't Canada fighting for Omar Khadr?

Non-citizens have no right to challenge our traditions

Kosovo declaration gives false hope to separatists

The CJC's disingenuous stance


L'opposition hésite à humilier un ex-premier

Des élections au printemps? Dion entretient le suspense

Le gouvernement Harper réaffirme son appui à la Loi canadienne sur la santé

Dion livre un discours à saveur électorale

Manley pourrait être représentant spécial de l'ONU en Afghanistan

Dion mêle les cartes

Mulroney, prise deux

Dion freine l'enthousiasme des indépendantistes


From: "Mahmood Elahi"
To: "Letters \(ott\)" <>
Cc: <>,

Subject: Pakistan forces are well-trained to fight India and have little interest to fight Taliban

The Editor
The Ottawa Citizen
Pakistani forces are well-trained to fight India and have little interest to fight Taliban
Re News: "U.S. must train Pakistani forces to fight Taliban: Senlis Council," and front page: "Canadians blamed for blast that killed dozens at market," (Feb. 19).
Pakistani forces are well-trained  to fight a much larger Indian army and need no further training to fight puny Taliban. In fact, Pakistan has a vested interest in keeping  Taliban alive as a threat, because as long as Taliban remains a threat, U.S. military assistance will continue to flow. Pakistan knows from experience how the United States stopped providing assistance to the Afghan Mujahedeens once they  forced the Soviet troops to withdraw. With the Soviet Union ceased to exist as a threat, the United states had little reason to be interested in Afghanistan.
Similarly, Pakistan knows that if the Taliban/Al Qaeda are eliminated by Pakistani forces,  the United States will have little reason to provide military assistance to Pakistan in its confrontation with India which is now considered as America's new strategic partner to contain emerging China.
In fact, the Taliban has become a "golden goose" for Pakistani forces and as long as they put up a token fight agianst Taliban, U.S. military aid will continue to flow. To eliminate it completely will be like killing the golden goose for short-term benefits. As such, Pakistani forces will make a symbolic show of force against the Taliban without dismantling it completely. For the same reason, they will never allow U.S. forces to operate inside Pakistan. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, whose party has won in the recent election, has also criticized Musharraf for allowing too much leverage to the United States in the name of fighting terrorism.
Instead of training Pakistani forces, Senlis Council should concentrate on training the Afghan forces to carry on the war against the Taliban on their own. By taking up the combat role, the Canadian and NATO forces are actually replicating the failed Soviet mission.  When the Soviet forces invaded Afghanistan to stop the fanatical Mujahedeens from overthrowing the pro-Moscow regime, they didn't train and equip the Afghan army and took up the fighting themselves. As a result, they couldn't defeat the insurgents who enjoyed safe haven in neighbouring Pakistan as they enjoy today. Now as then, Canada and NATO may be sacrificing their troops for a bleak outcome. To avert a castastrophe, Canada and NATO forces should make training and equipping the Afghan forces their top priority. Unlike the Pakistani forces who lack motivation, the Afghan forces know what will be their fate if the Taliban returns to power.
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