Sunday, September 07, 2008

Dam turbine victory

This must be read and looked at (thanks, Celestial Junk). Why one despairs of the Canadian media.

Damian Penny on Canadian public opinion and the war.

Update: Another apparent victory overlooked by our media (h/t to Fred in "Comments"):
Marines hand ex-Taliban stronghold to Afghans
The MEU will be missed in RC South.


Blogger WE Speak said...

Wow! I didn't realize Yon was in Afghanistan. I've added his feed to my reader.

11:03 p.m., September 07, 2008  
Blogger VW said...

It's hardly a surprise, though.

Transporting a turbine for fixing a dam would not be covered by the news had it taken place in, say, Saskatchewan. At best, you might get a few minutes on The Discovery Channel due to the engineering complexities involved.

The thing is, journalists don't naturally think of civil engineering (which is what this is) as a part of Afghan combat operations. They probably don't even think of this as development, probably because a dam like this isn't commonly associated with "Third World development" thinking.

12:26 a.m., September 08, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cover a success story ? Ya gotta be kidding.

Doesn't fit the Greenspon fantasy narrative that the Taliban are victorious and doesn't provide a ramp ceremony to be put in the 8 minute play loop.

Wonder why Taliban Jack and Mikey "Peace at any Price" Byers and the rest of the surrender monkeys on the Left aren't screaming loudly about it - it is after all a great "Civic Affairs" story ?

8:35 a.m., September 08, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

another success story the surrender monkeys at CBC/CTV/Global/Mop&Pail et al will never tell Canadians because it doesn't fit their self imposed defeatist mindset.

"KABUL (Reuters) – U.S. Marines handed over control of a former Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan to the Afghan army and their British mentors on Monday after killing more than 400 militants in a four-month operation, the NATO-led force said.

The northern part of Garmsir district in Helmand province, known as the snake's head for its appearance on a map, served as a transit and logistics hub for Taliban fighters.

About 2,400 Marines moved into the insurgent-held area along the Helmand river in late April and seized control after 35 days of intense fighting.

"During these 35 days, the Marines were in 170 engagements in which they caused severe insurgent casualties, more than 400 according to the Helmand governor, and zero civilian casualties," the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement.

Mounting civilian casualties, especially in U.S.-led coalition air strikes, have fuelled public anger across Afghanistan and driven a wedge between the government and its Western backers.

By restoring stability in the Garmsir area, the Marines allowed many "

11:12 a.m., September 08, 2008  
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