Seeing Ourselves Through Afghan Eyes

Scott Taylor
Published: Wednesday, 05/28/2008 12:00 am EDT

Whenever a nation is at war, it is very easy to polarize all public opinion based upon the simplified premise of "us" versus "them." Soldiers simply follow orders, while the political and military leadership puts forward talking points to justify the military intervention. A large percentage of the media eagerly parrots the government press lines, and the Canadian public is more than content to be placated by the official reassurances that our cause is just. This makes for a relatively easy sales job as we all believe that we are inherently good people.

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