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Originally posted by masqua
Would you mind elaborating a bit on the above statement? I can't understand how this relates to Captain Goddard, the other fallen Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan, or even the quote which you were answering to.
Who should go home?
Who are the allies of Russia and China?
And what's turnip soup got to do with anything?
Yer right she was into it , but the implication of forward observer as recon translates to non-combat via non-contact.
Kind of hard to remain non-contact in a LOACH. STILL another loss that shouldn't have happened.
The person inferred by their comments, unless they wish to indicate otherwise, that this was a needless death eg. they should not be there.
Then you should tell all those allies of Russia and China to not shoot at them then.
Myself I wish they would go home and keep making turnip soup or whatever they eat over there since they still want to remain poor and keep confrontation going with the rest of the world.
Are you not aware of the long and protracted struggle since the 80s for control over Afghanistan between the west-capitalism and the east-socialism? maybe I'm wrong.
Originally posted by V Kaminski
I suspect that we are being pushed and goaded to comply with the expectations of non-Canadian interests sympathetic to the "Enduring Freedom" rationale and being "sucked in" we are too proud to call it quits and have even extended the tour until President "Carlyle" Kharzi splits the groovy scene in 2009.
Capt. Goddard was one of only a few hundred female combat soldiers in the Canadian Forces, and one of only a handful in Afghanistan, but that mattered less to her than the job at hand.
Major Reiffenstein remembered the same attitude.
"She'd want to be remembered as a really, really good soldier, not as a female officer, a female soldier or a first of anything," she recalled.
Capt. Goddard was an outstanding artillery officer and a passionate leader who will be sorely missed, Major Reiffenstein said.
Our daughter, Captain Nichola Goddard, has been portrayed in the media as a strong leader, an officer who cared for her soldiers, and one who believed in the importance of her work and of the Canadian mission in Afghanistan. She was all those things, but she was also so much more.
Nichola had a huge smile, and an even bigger heart. She was a volunteer scout leader and a faithful member of the Anglican church. She was always a caring person. Once, during a ski race, a competitor became hypothermic and collapsed by the side of the track. Nichola stopped and helped him down to the finish, losing any chance of winning the race herself. After that, her friends all called her ‘care bear’. At Shilo, she agreed to shave her head as part of a Cancer Fundraiser, and her men gleefully auctioned off the right to wield the razor. She raised a lot of money.
We spoke with Nichola on Monday night. She called saying she wouldn’t be able to talk to Tim on his birthday, which was Wednesday. She was anxious to get out of the Kandahar base, as she was far happier in the hills, and was keen to get on with the job. She was never a paper pusher, she wanted to be a combat officer. She was happier outside the wire with her men.
Nichola lived her life fully. She died too young, but she died doing something she believed was important, something she was good at, something she loved doing, and surrounded by people she enjoyed and respected. We shall all miss her dearly.
Originally posted by denythestatusquo
you need to review the history of the involvement of the US in the past Russian/ Afghanistan war.
Would it surprise anybody that Russians are now backing the insurgency in Afghanistan againist the NATO based alliance?
Originally posted by Daedalus3
powers actively involved in Afghanistan were Russia, India and Pakistan.
Pakistan of course the taliban govt in power, while Russia and India continued to fund/arm/train the opposition forces mainly headed by the Northern Alliance.
This force was the main local entity that helped NATO overthrow the Taliban. They are now in power.