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Robert Semrau: The Taliban Don't Wave
Wars don't get much more confusing than the one that still shakes the ground in Afghanistan. You can't tell enemy combatants from farmers. Battlegrounds lack front lines. Attempts to nation-build run up against a people confused over what kind of nation they want. Into that whirlwind stepped the Canadian army and with them Captain Robert Semrau. His second combat tour in 2008 became his last.
Robert Semrau has written a book about his days serving with OMLeT, the operational mentor liaison team... an inside, provocative -- and sometimes gruesome -- account. He's never spoken publicly about the incident that ended his military career, but he's with us today. Robert Semrau, former captain in the Canadian Forces and the author of The Taliban Don't Wave, joins us from Ottawa.
This season, The Current will examine difficult ethical decisions, some like the kind Robert Semrau made in Afghanistan. Our project is Line in the Sand: Dilemmas that Define Us.
This segment was produced by The Current's Shannon Higgins.
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