"Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!"
-Homer J. Simpson

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Layton ahead of the Curve

Jack Layton has called for the troops engaging in "combat activity" to be redeployed, most notable to the northern part of Afghanistan for peacekeeping missions.

It seems that there is growing evidence that this makes sense.

There is an umbrella organization of European Non-Profit Research Organization called the NEF
(see the list of organizations here). This umbrella organization has funded a number of smaller research organizations including the Senlis Council.

things to say about the situation in So this group, which is not a left-wing operation, not a pro-peace group, and not a member of the blogging dippers (in fact, probably doesn't even know who Jack Layton is) have some interestingAfghanistan:

The Taliban is gaining ground in Afghanistan due to "misguided'' policies of the U.S.-led coalition and NATO that focus on fighting insurgents rather than combating poverty

source: Bloomberg

The highly critical study of the five years since the US-led invasion found that Afghans are starving to death despite international donor pledges and that the foreign military presence was "fuelling resentment and fear" among the local population.
Source: The Gaurdian

Even the Rand Corporation is in on it:

As an organization, I think the Taliban has actually become better at fighting," said Seth Jones, an expert on the insurgency who works for the Rand Corp., a U.S. think-tank.
Sourc: The Star


cue Simpsons
In the treehouse, the neighborhood kids try to figure out what's up with
the adults.

Bart: So finally, we're all in agreement about what's going on with
the adults. Milhouse?
Milhouse: [steps up to blackboard] Ahem. OK, here's what we've got: the
Rand Corporation, in conjunction with the saucer people --
Bart: Thank you.
Milhouse: -- under the supervision of the reverse vampires --
Lisa: [sighs]
Milhouse: -- are forcing our parents to go to bed early in a fiendish
plot to eliminate the meal of dinner. [sotto voce] We're
through the looking glass, here, people...

Now all Layton needs is the Reverse Vampires to come out against the war and all is good.