Canadian Attitudes Towards the Afghanistan War

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“Over the past century, Canadian attitudes towards the use of force and the exercise of military power in support of national aims have fundamentally shifted”. This is a quote written by Major Todd Strickland in his article, titled, “From the Boers to the Taliban: How Canadians Attitudes towards War Have Changed”. This article reviews Canada’s history within the wars and also Canadian’s thoughts on war. The Afghan war began in 2001 and is still ongoing today. The war began due to the terrorist attacks that took place in the United States on September 11th, 2001, also known as 9/11. The purpose of this war was to invade Afghanistan and to disassemble an organization, known as the al-Qaeda terrorist organization. Another objective was to…show more content…
According to the Government of Canada website, Canada’s main priorities in Afghanistan are; “investing in the future of Afghan children and youth though development programming in education and health, advancing security, the rule of law and human rights, through the provision of up to 950 CF trainers, support personnel, and approximately 45 Canadian civilian police to help train Afghan Nation Security Forces, promotion regional diplomacy, and helping deliver humanitarian assistance”. Basically Canada is still in Afghanistan to implement sustainable programs that will help the Afghan people live healthier and better educated lives. Canada began its involvement in the war because of the attacks but also to support the United States. The Canadian Military’s role in combat ended in 2011 but felt it was signature projects in which they would try to improve the life in Afghanistan by creating jobs, educating, and funding these projects. “Canada’s Engagement in Afghanistan” a report to parliament discloses that in order to “achieve progress” we must “introduce benchmarks”. A Benchmark is a point of reference to compare or assess a situation. Canada has introduced these benchmarks so that” Parliament and Canadians can judge whether, how and in which priorities our mission is succeeding”. This is done by “conveying assessments of governmental abilities or political change.” All of the benchmarks are logical with those established by

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