Few more makin' it out
(including Canadians) ...
When this all first started to happen (re: Operation S**t Show) - there were a LOT of questions being asked, along with strong emotions being felt - by some more than others, for good reason.
I am curious though (I asked before, and I apologize if someone did answer. Now that this thread isn’t so busy, as the situation is over, it will be easier to follow…)
**Who the hell are ‘all these Canadians’ that were/are in Afghanistan? And why are they there?
I understand embassy staff, and staff from GAC.
I understand the Nepalese contractors who we hired for embassy security, along with other contractors the government hired. (Not Canadian citizens, but I understand our clear obligation to help ensure their safety.)
I understand Canadians working for NGO’s. Especially NGO’s that were hired by our government, or were working hand in hand with our government.
- Surely there couldn’t have been that many Canadian citizens in the country, given embassy/GAC staff and a handful of Canadian citizens working with NGO’s.
- Other than contractors we were employing at the time, who the hell else was over there? And why?
For the record - if I ever immigrate to another country, because my own country is in a state of civil war/warlords/poverty/corruption/violence/lack of opportunities, etc - I don’t expect anybody to come rescue me if I decide to go back for a wbileand s**t goes down.
Especially when the group of violent religious fanatics have signed a peace deal - basically an approved road map - and are already starting to come back in force.
If I’m working for the government when things go completely sideways - absolutely. Send a C-17, or a few C-130s, to come pick us up.
If I’m working for a NGO that the government hired? Again, wouldn’t mind a quick pick up please.
But if I’m ‘just there’ because… meh. No. I don’t want people to risk their lives to come get me out of a mess that I shouldn’t be in, in the first place.
(I realize I’m probably missing something and sound like an insensitive jerk. I don’t mean to sound ignorant, just frustratingly confused.)