Afghanistan Mission: Historical Panel

Canadian soldiers have been fighting and dying in Afghanistan for ten years now. That makes it the longest combat mission Canada has ever been involved in. In three months, that mission will come to an end. And we're asking how history will judge it.


Afghanistan Mission - Historical Panel

We started this segment with a clip from US President George Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien announcing that combat involving the three countries had begun in Afghanistan. That was ten years ago. This July Canadian troops will end their combat mission in Afghanistan. The cost to Canada has been high, with 155 Canadians dying in the battle against the Taliban and al Qaeda. So how will history record this long period of warfare?

To help us answer that question we have brought together people who know a lot about war and history. Janice Stein is the Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs and is the co-author of the book The Unexpected War: Canada in Kandahar. Ted Barris is a military historian, his books include Breaking the Silence: Veterans' Untold Stories from the Great War to Afghanistan. They were both in Toronto. And Antony Beevor is one of the world's best known military historians. His books include Stalingrad and D-Day: The Battle for Normandy. He was in Canterbury, England.

Last Word - Lynsey Addario

And we ended the program with a preview of a story you can hear on Monday ... an interview with Lynsey Addario, a veteran photo-journalist who was kidnapped last month by soldiers loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and held for six days before being released. You can hear the whole interview on Monday. And in the mean time, Lynsey Addario got the last word this morning.

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