Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Daily Digest February 20, 2008


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

EDITORIALs

CAPE BRETON POST - Provinces move to co-operate
http://www.capebretonpost.com/index.cfm?sid=109667&sc=151

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD - Fallout over satellite strike
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1039095.html

AMHERST DAILY NEWS - A throwback to hideous days
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=109899&sc=61

        Much ado over decor
         http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=109901&sc=61

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Musharraf's defeat is victory for democracy
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=77ff570f-86e9-4e8a-adca-430e8d4c78a0

        In Cuba, plus ça change ...
         http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=3e1f7e9b-ddc4-4cee-9cf6-39aee6ce8bc2

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Defence secrets
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=11d8a339-a055-4115-9a43-2d87cd600aaa

TORONTO STAR - Cities in need of Ottawa's aid
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/305037

         Recognize Kosovo
         http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/305036

NATIONAL POST - The Queen is Canadian
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=319825

HAMILTON SPECTATOR - Let's support Cuban reforms
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/327356

K-W RECORD - Exit Fidel Castro, enter, a freer Cuba
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/311423

SUDBURY STAR - Time for U.S. to stop shunning Cuba
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=908708

Expensive Grits; Stephane Dion must come clean about cost of promises
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=908711&auth=Hoy%2c+Claire

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - Kosovo is not Quebec
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4128705p-4722245c.html

         'Dictator light'
         http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4128702p-4722198c.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - International law must settle Kosovo future
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=15ded15e-7d16-4b42-a686-6ba88c2f0ca3

REGINA LEADER-POST - Doing Hard Time
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=75002f57-6646-469a-a2d4-fe873c124c06

EDMONTON JOURNAL - More than enough of Fidel
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=6203b6aa-ddc3-499a-820e-a95bb4624c7c

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Rethinking path to law and order
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_9850.php

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN - Time to pay for green plan
http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=119098&Itemid=161

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - A carbon-tax leap into the unknown
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=b6fbe521-6466-450e-bf46-993437c40fc6


ISSUES

FOREIGN AFFAIRS
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.
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=17d06abb-73ea-40e6-a634-616b467ac88c

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.
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=f3a2b44a-fa34-468b-857c-c1ed0f602b33

Pakistan sifts through election aftermath
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/JB21Df02.html

Nato chief calm on Afghan visit
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7254145.stm

Disinformation flies as US raises Iran bar
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/JB21Ak01.html

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


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Flaherty says Ontario should stimulate economy with business tax breaks
http://halifax.metronews.ca/index.cfm?pid=1305&cpcat=national&stry=12232013

B.C. UNVEILS CARBON TAX
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=319770

Harper government's style caught in time warp, McGuinty says
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080220.wmcguinty20/BNStory/National/home

Quebec opens door to more private health care
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080220.QUEBECHEALTH20/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Ontario Premier isn't sitting still for Flaherty
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080220.CAMPBELL20/TPStory/TPComment/Politics/

Ontario to explore turning trash into energy
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080220.TRASH20/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/


POLITICS

Mood swings hurt Dion's credibility
The Liberal leader's threats to defeat the government are wearing thin
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=08cc6148-f6e7-414c-aeb8-ddfb4e22912d

Budget will be thin on goodies
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=319769

Crime bill to beat deadline, senator says
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080220.welection20/BNStory/National/home


PROGRAMMES
CIDA's policy on failed mega-projects: Forget it
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1039175.html

Ottawa proposing Manley as UN boss in Kabul
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080220.wmanley20/BNStory/Afghanistan/home


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Kosovo comparison absurd
Those who link Quebec independence with Kosovo are making a big stretch
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=43ebd647-599f-4e11-8012-efa56a6e08cf

Reports of America's decline
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=a32ca9e7-aafc-4adc-96dd-c06ca230c261

Why isn't Canada fighting for Omar Khadr?
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=40e2e5d0-234f-42b8-aff9-0c2ced0489b7

Non-citizens have no right to challenge our traditions
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=970c82ac-ec18-4951-ae8e-a61098d2e053

Kosovo declaration gives false hope to separatists
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=988d483c-39f1-4469-abeb-9840102ba501

The CJC's disingenuous stance
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=319827


INFOS

L'opposition hésite à humilier un ex-premier
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080220/CPACTUALITES/80219266/1025/CPACTUALITES

Des élections au printemps? Dion entretient le suspense
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080220/CPACTUALITES/802200827/1025/CPACTUALITES

Le gouvernement Harper réaffirme son appui à la Loi canadienne sur la santé
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080220/CPACTUALITES/802200826/1025/CPACTUALITES

Dion livre un discours à saveur électorale
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080219/CPACTUALITES/80219159/1025/CPACTUALITES

Manley pourrait être représentant spécial de l'ONU en Afghanistan
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080220/CPACTUALITES/80220029/5846/CPACTUALITES

Dion mêle les cartes
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2008/02/19/001-dion-elections-discours.shtml

Mulroney, prise deux
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2008/02/18/002-Mulroney-comite-encore.shtml

Dion freine l'enthousiasme des indépendantistes
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2008/02/18/001-kosovo-reax-canada.shtml


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From: "Mahmood Elahi"
To: "Letters \(ott\)" <letters@thecitizen.canwest.com>
Cc: <info@senliscouncil.net>,

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.
 
MAHMOOD ELAHI
2240 Iris Street, Ottawa.

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