Will a fundamentalist government in Afghanistan affect:
- My freedom to surf the internet in Canada? No.
- My freedom to travel in Canada? No.
- My freedom to type things on my blog? No.
- My freedom to join a union? No.
- My freedom to vote for the political party of my choice? No.
- My freedom to protest? No.
And on and on it goes. The idea that the nature of the government in Afghanistan or any other distant, impoverished nation will adversely affect Canadian freedoms is absurd. About the only real danger to the freedoms of wealthy country citizens is when corporate employers take advantage of corrupt puppet-regimes to transfer jobs and security away from those citizens and give them to people brutalized and oppressed by the capitalist system.
But, say the warmongering idiots, if Afghanistan becomes a haven for Islamic fundamentalist terrorists, we Canadians will be endangered. And you know something? There's a tiny bit of truth to that theory. Too fucking bad that the US foreign-policy geniuses allowed Saudi Arabia and Pakistan to inculcate fundamentalism among the youth of Afghanistan. Too bad that they overthrew a secularist [albeit tryanical] government in Iraq and replaced it with one that epouses Sharia Law and close ties to the theocrats in Iran (both supposedly bad things according to the warmongers). Too fucking bad that the corruption and brutality of the Karzai/Warlord regime in Afghanistan has produced an unending stream of Afghan males for the insurgency there.
To sum up: The claim that "the troops" (god bless 'em) are dying for my freedom is absurd. Particularly when the actions of the warmonger bush II and Harper regimes are the ones stirring up anti-Western hatred with their naked imperialism.