More curious still is the notion that striking out at those who have already attacked will actually make countries more vulnerable to further attacks, a notion put to rest by anyone who has ever stood up to a schoolyard bully.
Miseducation, cultural malaise, ignorance or naivete--whatever the cause, these notions now are about to force the Conservative government to seriously consider pulling out of Afghanistan despite a casualty count that would have been thought a merciful visitation in previous wars:
Anyway you look at it, today's SES Research/Sun Media poll on the attitude of Canadians to our military mission in Afghanistan is bad news for Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
More than half of those surveyed say neither Canada nor NATO has deployed the resources necessary for success.
More than two out of three think our presence in Afghanistan makes us more vulnerable, not less, to a terrorist attack in Canada.
More than half say if there are further casualties -- a given since we're there until 2009 -- Canada should pull out.
Finally, more Canadians (48.3%) disagree with the government's management of the mission than agree (43.9%).
Afghanistan may be the most godforsaken land on Earth, a land otherwise best left to its own strange ways, but it is now part of that no man's land running over into the Northwest Frontier of Pakistan where the sole law is the law of Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and their minions.
It will not a peaceful, democratic land in our lifetimes. But it cannot continue to be the staging area and proving ground for world-wide jihad.
If some sort of government can be left behind to effectively contain and then eliminate that threat, the mission will have succeeded.
Our NATO allies, mostly enervated by the general Western European cultural decline, and fearful of their small but growing and militant Islamic minorities, have been sloughing their responsibilities on to Canada as a result.
Now is the time to communicate to the people that Canada has been standing almost alone, and has accomplished great things in doing so, but must call on its NATO allies to remember that Canada once paid much of the price for their freedom.
Communicate all of that above, with conviction, and Afghanistan will not threaten to bleed the government to death.
Gordon O'Connor can't do that. Can Stephen Harper?
The opposition won't.
Source: Toronto Sun