Why are Canadian soldiers dying for someone else's war?

In light of the recent deaths of 4 Canadian soldiers who were giving out candy to Afghanistani chidren...Why are we fighting someone else's war? Statistics indicate that Canadian soldiers are 6 times more likely to die in Afghanistan, than a U.S. soldier in Iraq. Why do we want to copy U.S. foreign policy instead of being the great diplomats of peace that we once were?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    It is interesting.... The US is fighting a so called war in Iraq and we are leading a war in Afghanistan, which was sparked by an act of war on the US. I think most people, not blinded by US rhetoric, know the Iraqi war is unfounded and accomplishing nothing. US policy makers just don't get it (and never will), you cannot impose a democracy in a region that doesn't want it (just look at the Israeli / Lebanon war).

    I Agree with you.... Canada's role has always been the peace keeper and should remain so. PM Harper has changed our role, at the accumulating expense of Canadian soldiers' lives.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Terrorism is a world wide war and its not just America that is in Afghanastan. There are many countries with us.

    NATO member nations contributing troops

    Belgium

    Bulgaria

    Canada

    Czech Republic

    Denmark

    Estonia

    France

    Germany

    Greece

    Hungary

    Iceland

    Italy

    Latvia

    Lithuania

    Luxembourg

    Netherlands

    Norway

    Poland

    Portugal

    Romania

    Slovakia

    Slovenia

    Spain

    Turkey

    United Kingdom

    United States

    other nations/entities contributing troops

    Afghanistan

    Afghan Northern Alliance

    Albania

    Armenia

    Australia

    Austria

    Azerbaijan

    Bahrain

    Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Croatia

    Dominican Republic

    El Salvador

    Fiji

    Finland

    Georgia

    Honduras

    Ireland

    Japan

    Jordan

    Kazakhstan

    Macedonia

    Moldova

    Mongolia

    New Zealand

    Nicaragua

    Singapore

    South Korea

    Sweden

    Switzerland

    Thailand

    Tonga

    Ukraine

    non troop-contributing nations

    Algeria

    Angola

    China

    Colombia

    Costa Rica

    Egypt

    Ethiopia

    India

    Indonesia

    Israel

    Kuwait

    Morocco

    Oman

    Pakistan

    Panama

    Philippines

    Russia

    Saudi Arabia

    Tajikistan

    Tunisia

    United Arab Emirates

    Uganda

    Uzbekistan

    Yemen

  • 1 decade ago

    They are not you dope dying for someone else's war the war they are fighting is everyones war to protect all innocent people from the piece of crap coward terrorists.

    Ask yourself how many Canadians died on Sept 11

    The answer is 24 is that not enough of a reason for you or do they need to kill more Canadians for you to want them stopped.

    Here are their names think about it while you read them.

    Arczynski, Mike

    Bailey, Garnet

    Barkway, David

    Basnicki, Ken

    Collison, Joe

    Connolly, Cindy

    Dack, Arron

    Egan, Christine

    Egan, Michael

    Elmarry, Albert

    Ewart, Meredith

    Feidelberg, Peter

    Filipov, Alexander

    Gerhardt, Ralph

    Lee, Stuart

    Ludvigsen, Mark

    Mascarenhas, Bernard

    McArthur, Colin

    Pelletier, Mike

    Robson, Donald

    Santos, Rufino

    Tomasevic, Vladimir

    Vincelli, Chantal

    Williams, Debbie

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Canada is a member nation of NATO. The NATO treaty to which it is a signatory, has Article 5, which states that all nations who are part of the Organization will assist a member nation that has been attacked.

    Since the 9/11 attacks were orchestrated with the tacit approval of the Afghani government at the time, Canada is merely fulfilling its obligation under the treaty.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    We aren't copying American foreign policy. We have our own, and that is to help those who ask us for help. That some fools think handing out candy to children, or blankets to widows is an act of war is a sign of a sick group of people. What you should be asking is why Canadian troops are getting killed by our supposed American alies?

  • 1 decade ago

    We were being diplomats of peace... why do you think those soldiers were handing out things to children, rather than roaming the street in tanks?

    We're Canadians, we "defend"... we defend ourselves and we defend those we feel are being wronged (that's what I like to think at least)... we stand up for the underdogs (So why are we not in Darfur?).

    I'm torn on this one... "peace keeping" it isn't (need peace to keep peace), but I do hope 'peace making' is what is in our soldiers hearts... misled, misguided or not.

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  • Parish
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    They're fighting with allies. Canada helps other countries when they're in conflicts; then when Canada themself gets into a conflict, the other countries return the favor and help them out. A "you scratch my back, I scratch your back" deal.

  • ratboy
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Consider it payback for the billions of dollars the US spends on defense that Canada takes advantage of.

    Oh, and there's that whole NATO obligation thing too.

  • 1 decade ago

    Well, they volunteered to go when, and where called you twit. That makes it their cause, and THEIR WAR. It's not only Canadians, and Americans in Afghanistan either. You should be glad that you've got brave people protecting your butt, because you sure as heck wouldn't fight for nothing.

  • 1 decade ago

    You must be a *French* Canadian and only know how to surrender

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