Canadian Troops In Afghanistan Essay

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World War One was supposed to be the war to end all wars. Sadly, many world leaders are flawed creatures with selfish motives. In today’s world, many countries are trying to seek for peace and independence, as there are many brutal wars that are still ongoing. September 11th, 2001 is a date that still remains unforgettable. When the World Trade Centre was attacked, there were thousands of innocent people who had died. Not only did it leave a painful memory but, it triggered the ongoing conflict between United States and Afghanistan. Even today some major issues have yet to be resolved. Over the past few years, Canada has participated with the United States to serve as peacekeepers in ...view middle of the document...

Canadian troops are not fighting for the safety of the Afghan civilians, but they are fighting to
protect the Trans Afghan pipe line because Jean Chretien, former Prime Minister, and Canadians Corporation were involved in that deal. Many Canadians still believe that we are a country that fights for freedom and, many others think that we are there to interfere with the country’s peace. It shows that Canadians are taking advantage of the invasion by taking away the country’s wealth, abusing the civilians and destroying their land. These actions displayed by the troops cannot define them as being peacekeepers.

The conflict in Afghanistan is not a new one. Afghanistan has been fighting from the start of the 1830s and they still partake in the battle for independence. The British Empire and the former Afghan King Shah Shuja invaded Afghanistan during the 1800s.[2] The reason for the invasion was the influence of the Russian and Persian in the region and Shuja got his throne back in 1839.[3] However the king was killed three years later and the Afghan forces were at war with the British troops. As a result, Afghanistan had received their independence in 1843 and the British left because of their loss.[4] However the battles of the invasions were not over in the early 1900s, the Soviet Union had once shared a border with Afghanistan but later on, the Soviet soldiers had invaded and installed a puppet regime[5] in the capital of Kabul in 1979.[6] It was a long war between many Afghan resistance groups and Soviet soldiers. On the other hand, in 1980’s United States and other nations started assisting the Mujahedeen, and as a result the Soviet troops departed in 1989.[7] Three years later Mujahedeen declared Afghanistan was a free country. In spite of the invasion and destruction of the Soviet, years later the Taliban started to gain some recognition from the Afghan people. In 1996 when Taliban militia had become in power and took over the capital city of Kabul and started an Islamic law state, it prevented women from getting jobs and denied them an education. In addition, Islamic punishment was introduced which involved the removal of limbs of thieves and stoning by death. Furthermore the Taliban gave refuge to Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan, where he made training camps for Al Qaeda terrorists. Subsequently when the 9/ll attack occurred, U.S intelligence assumed it was Osama Bin Laden who was responsible for the attack.[8] However when the United States wanted custody of Bin Laden, the Taliban refused and as a result the U.S had no choice but to set off bombs in Afghanistan. Until this day Afghanistan is still fighting for freedom and are trying to overcome the many barriers that are preventing them from reaching their destination.

Many significant events have happened in the world, but one event that occurred and is still an ongoing situation with no resolution was the attack in September 11th, 2001. There were numerous suicide...

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