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7/16/2005

Has anyone told Lloyd?

Canadian troops will take a more active role hunting down the "detestable murderers and scumbags" of al-Qaeda and the Taliban in southern Afghanistan next year, Canada's top military officer said in comments published on Friday.

Canada is boosting its presence in Afghanistan and by next February there will be 1,500 soldiers in the southern city of Kandahar. General Rick Hillier, chief of the defense staff, said the troops would track down members of the former ruling Taliban and al-Qaeda.

"We're actually going there to take down the folks who are trying to still blow up men and woman in Afghanistan and still provide a base for an organisation like al-Qaeda," newspapers quoted Hillier as saying.....

Hillier also confirmed that Canada's top secret Joint Task Force Two commando force would be taking part in operations in Afghanistan against al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

"These are detestable murderers and scumbags, I'll tell you that right up front. They detest our freedoms, they detest our society, they detest our liberties," he said.
reuters
Some of the folks in the rightish end of the Canadian blogosphere are taking some relish in General Hillier's remarks. And some suspect he will not be the Commnader of the Canadian Forces very long if he keeps talking like this.

I suspect this is a well calculated move on the part of the Liberals - on the one hand they will have Bill Graham spouting the soft power, Axworthian line, on the other - complete with deniability if anything goes wrong - they'll have "Give'em Hell, Hillier." for those of us who think the Taliban and al-Qaeda are, well, bad.

Never underestimate just how clever the Liberals can be when they are running scared.