Belatedly I learnt that Edmonton LitFest had a segment titled “Shadows of Afghanistan” on Oct 20. This brought together a number of notable Canadian writers who have penned recent books related to the ongoing War in Afghanistan and was moderated by Edmonton Journal Editorial writer – Sheila Pratt and was held at at the Main Branch Milner Library downtown.
- Janice Williamson – “Omar Khadr, Oh Canada: An Anthology”
- Noah Richler – “What We Talk About When We Talk About War”
- Paul Wells – The Harper Decade: Inside the Fight to Remake Canada
- Terry Glavin – Come From the Shadows: The Long and Lonely Struggle for Peace in Afghanistan
You may link to each author above and most have YouTube video’s or additional materials that describes a fairly eclectic mix of viewpoints – with only U of A’s Janice Williamson as the only pro-Kadhr piece.
Terry Glavin knows Afghanistan better than any Canadian journalist and is firmly pro-interventionist regarding Afghanistan because he believes the Taliban to be one of most dangerous totalitarian Islamic organizations ever.
From what I could divine from Noah Richler’s interview with Strombo – he is exploring how we talk about war – and how that has changed with the Harper Conservatives – and he appears to not be impressed but it does not mean he is against Afghanistan. Watch the CBC interview to see if you come to a different conclusion.
Finally, I am unsure of exactly the position of Paul Wells – National Political columnist at Maclean’s and formerly at National Post before “it turned to the center”.
It is unfortunate that I did not know about this earlier as it would have been worth the trip to see and hear most of them – but them’s the apples.