“This is Canada at its best, and Canadian people are proud to stand with Afghanistan,” said the Prime Minister. “As Canadians, we know that Afghanistan’s future will not be secured through military means alone.”
That's right, it'll take some good negotiating with the Taliban, eh CTV?
All kidding aside, folks, the Prime Minister's latest visit to Afghanistan is needed so that Canadians get an important reminder of why Canada is participating in this mission. It is about building schools so that young girls can get an education and take part in shaping the future of their society. It is about giving youngsters the tools needed to realize that they have a stake in their country's future, so that they can lean on their parents and get them to make the right decisions.
The military aspect of the mission is crucial because development cannot take place without it, but without a strong commitment to development the military/security mission will end up being a never-ending commitment because we haven't given the Afghans the tools, education, and skills needed to take the reins and secure their own development. The Prime Minister gets that, and it is imperative that he continues to shine that spotlight on the non-military features of our mission.