The Advantages and Disadvantages of Canada Withdrawing from the War in Afghanistan

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Canada has now been in Kandahar for almost six years fighting by the sides of the strongest country, the United States. The attacks of September 11, 2001 undoubtedly affected not only the United States but the rest of the world as well. Canada, being their neighbours, took an oath and stepped in. There, of course, are controversies facing Canada taking part in this war. Some being that we should stay, being as we are dependent on U.S.A. Others being we should withdraw because the people of Canada are dependent on their government to make the right choice. To which is more important creates this ultimate controversy.

Canada has most definitely looked towards our Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, for some answers about Afghanistan. He provides us with a statement indicating that he will pull our Canadian troops out of the war. People have wondered why he has not done this sooner but I believe the phrase “as we’ve known it” from the 2008 quote gave him an out. It is very vague but I think it means Canada only knows what they want to know. For example, Canada knows it is a good mission based on keeping our allies, or Canada knows it is a bad mission for the fact that we are sacrificing our country. Beyond this, Canada does not know. However, Stephen Harper knows there are pros and cons to either side but I believe the people of Canada influenced his decision.

The final decision that the Prime Minister has made is absolutely associated with politics. The decision to withdraw is more based on political culture and the citizen’s expectations for the government. Canada has inherited the concept of post-materialism after World War II, and this is what I believe to be the root of the decision. Post-materialism “…attaches comparatively greater importance to human needs…” (Brooks, 67). The human needs in this situation are for our troops to come home, to get our loved ones back and to not lose another soldier. To fulfill our human needs will only make our...
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