My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Friday, March 02, 2012

Don't miss this event with Terry Glavin in Vancouver...

To all my friends on the West Coast, don't miss this Fraser Institute event...

What next for Afghanistan?

Canadian sacrifices and Beijing's looming shadow

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - Fraser Institute Boardroom, Vancouver

Registration/Lunch: 11:30am
Presentation: 12:15pm
Q&A: 12:45pm
Adjourn: 1:30pm

Individual Ticket: $35.00

Canadian troops have played a critical role in Afghanistan, whether driving the Taliban out of Kandahar or providing training to Afghan security forces and helping rebuild needed infrastructure. But despite Canada’s ongoing commitment to helping the Afghan people, policy vacillation in Washington is creating an opening the Chinese government is all too willing to exploit, says journalist Terry Glavin, author of Come from the Shadows: The Long and Lonely Struggle for Peace in Afghanistan, and co-founder of the Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee.

After having failed to support the United Nations action in Afghanistan, Beijing is now rushing in and acquiring vast copper and other mineral leases as well as forming ties with Pakistan’s ISI. Meanwhile, the United States is prepared to abandon the Afghan people to recurring threats of Islamic violence and oppression, and neither Canada nor other Western nations are standing up to Washington.

Join Glavin, a recipient of the 2009 B.C. Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence, columnist with the Ottawa Citizen, and a frequent contributor to the National Post, for a discussion on his recent travels “outside the wire” in Afghanistan, Canada’s efforts in Afghanistan, and the looming threat China poses for the Afghan people.


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