I'm starting to greatly resent the implication being made by some diplomats, politicians and Canadian conservatives that Canada has a greater and long-term obligation to engage in hunting down the Taliban in Afghanistan's Kandahar region past February 2009.
To date, we've lost 76 Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan since the mission started, 68 of those since our mission became hunting and fighting the Taliban in the most dangerous region of that country in 2006. Before February 2009, we'll likely see another 30 or so deaths of Canadian soldiers.
I think our contribution to this particular aspect of the mission has been exceptional. It's time for other NATO countries, which also supported the Afghanistan war in 2001, to step up to the plate and take on their fair share of the efforts to beat the Taliban.
We lost 25 people in 9/11. We've lost 76 in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban.
As indicated in one of the comments, as of this afternoon (January 15, 2008) that number of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan has sadly risen to 77.