2008 is a pivotal year in the development of the Afghan state: the situation has reached a classic decision point.
CASC co-founder Lauryn Oates contributed an expansive assessment in the Globe and Mail, November, 2006:
The idea of peace talks with the Taliban is gaining a great deal of
traction these days as the perfect, Canadian way to stop the war in
You have to admit it sounds awfully nice.
problem is it would likely mean a human rights disaster and a giant
leap backwards for the fledgling democracy Canadian soldiers have been
fighting and dying to defend there.
February 1, 2008
A group of Canadians from all walks
of life have come together to form a new association, the Canada-Afghanistan
Solidarity Committee, united in a commitment to the principle
that as Canadians, we must honour our obligations to the cause of solidarity
with the people of Afghanistan.