"Brig.-Gen. David Fraser, who commanded Canadian and multinational forces in southern Afghanistan last year says the government "is past three-D." [development, diplomacy and defence]
And no wonder. Perhaps you recall Brig.-Gen Fraser's Hearts and Minds Canadian Flak Tour back in January, in which he praised such Canadian reconstruction projects as "building roads", although these same projects were referred to in the NYT as :
"NATO troops bulldozed through orchards, smashed down walls and even houses, and churned vineyards and melon fields to dust. Reconstruction projects were planned, but never materialized. Now NATO countries are championing the thoroughfare as a $5 million gift to local people."
OK, so what did the 'development' and 'diplomacy' part of the now apparently passé 3-D consist of?
"Canada's aid agency will have 35 professional staff working in Afghanistan by April 2008, up from 10 in 2006. Five foreign affairs personnel, six from CIDA, 10 from the RCMP and two from Correctional Services Canada positions. DFAIT also has two foreign affairs officials at the Kandahar airfield."???That's it???
By way of comparison, we have 2,500 military personnel making up the 'defence' part of 3-D.
The Brig,-Gen bafflegabs onwards :
"A lot of people use three-D, but it's bigger than that," he said. "I think it's illustrative of the evolution of a concept that's getting bigger, getting broader, that has more depth, that is getting more mature and is developing more effects for countries like Afghanistan. It just shows the evolution of doing more."
What the fuck is he on about here?
Thankfully the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan were rather more succinct in their International Human Rights Day speech on Monday :
"The US and her allies tried to legitimize their military occupation of Afghanistan under the banner of “bringing freedom and democracy for Afghan people”. But as we have experienced in the past hree decades, in regard to the fate of our people, the US government first of all considers her own political and economic interests and has empowered and equipped the most traitorous, anti-democratic, misogynist and corrupt fundamentalist gangs in Afghanistan.Thanks, RAWA - that's pretty much what we thought he meant.
The US doesn’t want to defeat the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, because then they will have no excuse to stay in Afghanistan and work towards the realization of its economical, political and strategic interests in the region."