Will Canada support US invasion of Pakistan?

  Niagara Falls, Ontario,
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
by: Joe Hueglin


"Pakistani troops have fired shots into the air to stop US troops crossing into the South Waziristan region of Pakistan, local officials say." (1) Will Canada support this American initiative or not?

Pakistan is being invaded by American troops. One possible result is a action that will cut off the supplies flowing through Pakistan that sustain the military activities of the Americans and their allies. (2)

The Government of Canada has been saying "Me too" to American initiatives. Supporting American anti-missile bases in Poland on the Russian borders; recognizing the independence of Kosovo against U.N. resolutions; backing the American's in seeking to have Georgia become a member of N.A.T.O.; echoing the U.S. position that Georgia was correct in invading South Ossetia and Russia wrong in intervening.


Pashtun tribal chiefs in the areas attacked met and have stated "If America doesn't stop attacks in tribal areas, we will prepare a lashkar [army] to attack US forces in Afghanistan," and as well ""We will also seek support from the tribal elders in Afghanistan to fight jointly against America." (3)

The 40 million members of the Pashtun tribes are in continuing feuds among themselves. They act together only when threatened by external forces. Should the Americans persist in their policy of attacking into Afghanistan's tribal areas and the tribes that have been neutral take action be assured there will be no differentiation made between Canadian and American Forces.

The Government of Canada is duty bound not to support this American initiative thereby placing our troops in increased danger but rather to press for negotiations. (4)


Joe Hueglin

Photo credit: Canadian Armed Forces Image Gallery

1. BBC News, Pakistan soldiers 'confront US', September 15, 2008, BBC


2. Roggio, Bill, Pakistan closes Torkham border crossing, shuts down NATO's supply line, June 19, 2008, Free Republic


3. Shah, Saeed, Pakistani tribal chiefs threaten to join Taliban, September 15, 2008, The Guardian


4. Burke, Jason, A wishlist for Afghanistan, September 13, 2008, the Guardian


5. Shahzad, Syed Saleem, US forces the terror issue with Pakistan, September 16, 2008, Asia Times


6. Roggio, Bill, Report: US hilicopters fired on while crossing Pakistani border, September 15, 2008, The Long War Journal

7. Stevenson, Rachel, Pakistani troops fire on US soldiers near Afghan border reports say, September 15, 2008, The Guardian


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