They went instead, with the video closeups of soldiers grieving family members slumped over their loved one's caskets.
So what actually happened today?
NATO's International Security Assistance Force said about 60 insurgents attempted to attack Afghan and ISAF forces Friday in the Bermel district of Paktika province, near the Pakistan border.On CTV, it's all Canadians dying and families mourning, all the time... the implication being that we are being beaten senseless by the noble warlike Taliban.
The insurgents fired on aircraft, and NATO and U.S.-led coalition forces returned fire, killing about 60 fighters, an ISAF statement said.
That's sure not how the military sees the situation.
Suicide attacks in the eastern part of Afghanistan where the U.S. military operates increased some 230 per cent in the first half of 2007 compared with the same period in 2006, U.S. spokesman Major Chris Belcher said.But don't try tell that to CTV.
Col. Schweitzer said the increase shows the Taliban is less able to launch large-scale attacks.
“That to me is not the barometer that it's getting bad,” he said of the rise. “What would be the barometer to me that it's getting bad is if they do large scale attacks everywhere and they're being effective.”
They got their closeups of grieving mothers... again.
One last note... resident spin doctor/reporter Bob Fife, commenting on Prime Minister Harper's statement that no extension of the mission would be granted without the support of Parliament... was portrayed as some scheming Machiavellian ploy by Harper.
Even when you give the leftbots what they want, they try to twist it into something horrible.
It's what they do.
LAST WORD: An eloquent requiem
The Afghan story isn't exclusively and proprietarily about Canadian soldiers who have died.(via BCF)
It's about why the troops are there, what they're hoping to accomplish, their efforts to secure a benighted country and extend the rule of law, the urgency of denying Al Qaeda the strategic foothold they once enjoyed.
It's about promises made at the very top of international leadership, by the United Nations and NATO, by custodians of redevelopment who said to Afghanistan: We won't abandon you again.