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September 19, 2008

Featured Article: David Perry – Canada’s seven billion dollar war

Filed under: featured article — internationaljournal @ 12:36 am

In March 2008, parliament voted to extend Canadian military operations in
Afghanistan through 2011. By July of that year, roughly 41,000 Canadians
will have served in the Afghan theatre of operations, 15,000 more than
fought in Korea. Given the seriousness of Canada’s commitments, in terms
of both blood and treasure, informed discussion of the Afghan war is vital to
ensure the public understands the government’s aims and motivations, as
well as when Canadians can expect to see the forces return home. On these
points, there has been significant discussion amongst the public, parliamentarians,
and pundits which, while highly partisan, has included substantive
reasoned debates. In contrast, there has been little analysis of the
financial burden for the government of Canada—and the Canadian armed
forces specifically. For a national military only recently emerging from a
decade of budget cuts, the financial cost of such a substantial combat mission
is significant.

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