Christie Blatchford jabs Jack (Google “Blatchford can we not wait a day deaths”) again today as she wonders why news of the latest Canadian deaths in Afghanistan could not be given a little while to settle in before resuming criticism of the mission she so clearly supports.
Well, for one thing, Christie, yesterday marked the resumption of Parliament. So, while we had not yet seen the “ramp ceremony” in Kandahar, nor even learned the identities of the four soldiers killed, democracy allows – and, in the case of this mad war, urgently requires – us to keep asking questions. “Picking at bones”? C’mon!
So, while strong views in support of the war still get lots of ink, those of us against it will continue to take advantage of the freedom we enjoy (you might say exploit) to speak out. Jack Layton has taken plenty of lumps for his call to bring all the warring factions to the table, dumbed down by the media as “negotiating with the Taliban”.
If there are only two sides to this argument, which of course is overly simplistic, I argue closer to the pacifist side. I am realistic enough to know that conflicts may not always be resolved before impatience turns to war, I choose to be a peace-monger even if it seems as unreasonable as a war hawk. I stand with ‘Taliban Jack’.