Mission of Folly: Canada and Afghanistan

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Between the Lines, 2008 - History - 160 pages
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MISSION OF FOLLY is a candid report on Canada's participation in America's "War onTerror" in Afghanistan. Laxer explores the policy vacuum that resulted in Canadian troopsbeing sent to fight a war that would last longer than any previous Canadian allied engagement.With passion and perspicacity he details the motives underlying the invasion and occupationof Afghanistan, outlines the recent history of that troubled nation, and challenges the assumptionthat infringement of human rights is sufficient justification for Canada's involvement.Laxer's familiarity with U.S. and Canadian global policy provides the backdrop for a concisestudy that will be of interest to a broad readership.

JAMES LAXER is a Professor of Political Science at York University in Toronto. An award-winning author and a former Toronto Star columnist, Laxer is the author of twenty-one books, including Perils of Empire and Red Diaper Baby: A Boyhood in the Age of McCarthyism.

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Contents

Acknowledgements
The Invasion and Occupation 13
A To Support the Troops Take Cover Behind Them 47
Copyright

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JAMES LAXER is a Professor of Political Science at York University in Toronto. An award-winning author and a former Toronto Star columnist, Laxer is the author of twenty-three books, including Mission of Folly: Canada and Afghanistan, Perils of Empire and Red Diaper Baby: A Boyhood in the Age of McCarthyism. There is an excellent series of short interviews with Dr. Laxer on TVO's Flying Solo and he blogs regularly on politics and the economy at www.jameslaxer.com .

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