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A syllogism for Major General Andrew Leslie
Between Hillier's recent spate of commentary and Major-General Andrew Leslie's recent poison on Candian airwaves, it is clear that there is some kind of media operation underway. The target is the Canadian population. The objective is to try to develop a level of racist bloodlust. The means is pretty basic American propaganda.
My speculation is that a bunch of these guys went to the US on some kind of exchange and were told by some Washington PR firms to put certain messages into the media upon their return to Canada, and the Canadian media is eating it up, though the consequences will be dire.
Let's move away from speculation to direct quotes. The Major-General made his comments at a pretty bizarre conference called 'Handcuffs and Hand Grenades' (no, I'm not making that up).
So, what were the good Major-General's comments?
"Afghanistan is a 20-year venture," he said, but "There are things worth fighting for. There are things worth dying for. There are things worth killing for."
Usually an antiwar type could juxtapose such despicable sentiments (in context they are despicable, out of context they are just banal, and in a different context - like say, fighting *against* a foreign occupation - they are perfectly sensible. In other words, fighting against occupiers and for self-determination is widely considered something worth dying and killing for. Occupying someone else's land is not.) with images or facts about those suffering and dying at the hands of the likes of Major-General Andrew Leslie. But in fact, the Major-General's comments are, like Hillier's garbage from days before, self-contradictory. Because in the same set of comments, Leslie added:
"Every time you kill an angry young man overseas, you're creating 15 more
who will come after you."
So, let's just put together Leslie's argument. Let's add no other context or commentary, save perhaps some of Hillier's words from last week:
1. Canada will be in Afghanistan for 20 years.
2. Canada is there to kill people, and for Canadian soldiers to die.
3. Every time we kill, we are creating 15 more who will come after us.
I don't know about you, but this doesn't strike me as an optimal strategy. But then, maybe the place to go for strategies on safety and security isn't a conference called 'Handcuffs and Hand Grenades'.