Theological Perspectives on Canada's Role in Afghanistan
"Canada's involvement in Afghanistan is the longest martial conflict in its history , precipitated literally overnight by a world changing event in the 2001 9/11 attack in New York City. in 2010, the Afghan 'mission' remains front page news for Canadians, even threatening to undermine the Federal Government due to the so-called 'detainee scandal'. The human cost (Canadian and Afghan), financial burdens and impact on the self-perception of Canadians as a peace keeping 'Middle-Power' are immense and likeliy will form a watershed in Canadian history. And yet, the 'mission' remains little crutinized by faith communities, and further, left as a non-conversation for many and the domain of a nebulous foreign policy and largely toothless Manley Report. This volume is the first such major attempt by the Centre for Public Theology to bring together theologians, philosophers, faith leaders, NGOs, politicians and other academics from sociology, politics and peace-keeping in order to dialogue about the impact of the Afghan 'mission'. These papers form much of the conversation of a conference held in May 2009 at the Centre for Public Theology. The papers offer reflections on the Manley Report, investigations on the theological and philosophical issues at play in Canada's response, interaction with Canada's shift from 'peace-keeping' to 'war-fighting' and the new NATO mandate, thoughts on the role of Islamic nations and analysis of the role of the Abrahamic faith communities in this wider Canadian conversation"--Publisher's description, p.  of dust jacket.