A decade of war in Afghanistan has cost more than 150 Canadian lives and billions of dollars. It began without a clear idea of the nature of the operation, when Defence Minister Art Eggleton said he would not use the word war as he committed troops to Afghanistan in October, 2001. Nor did anyone know how long the task would take although General Ray Henault, the Chief of Defence Staff, pledged, We do know that we will contribute as long as it is required. At the end of our involvement in this ravaged country, it is critical to go back and examine what Afghanistan quickly became a war and what it might yet become. What are the feelings of those involved? Did we achieve goals set during the operation? What does the mission look like as it wraps up? And, most important of all, whether the cost tallied in so many ways: monetary, in lives, emotion, heartbreak was worth it all? They are difficult questions, but necessary ones. This is the aim of The Long Road: The National Post in Afghanistan.
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December 13, 2011
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