Military Fatalities By Country:
South Korea 1
The British currently have around 5800 combat troops, the Americans 20000, Canada 2300. No matter how you do the math, even amongst the heavily engaged nations, Canadian soldiers are clearly suffering disporportionate casualties. This year alone, Canada has absorbed half the death total of the Americans, despite 1/10 of the deployment.
Even the hawks, like MacKenzie acknowledge a problem:
Retired Maj.-Gen. Lewis Mackenzie said that casualties must be accepted if Canada believes in the importance of the Afghanistan mission.
But he added that unless NATO offers Canada more support in southern Afghanistan, the chaotic region where Canadian troops have endured much of the fighting, then the mission should not be extended.
"If NATO doesn't get off its butt and countries that aren't participating don't start showing up in numbers, and start increasing the number of troops in the south ... then I won't be at the head of the line in 2009 saying we should stay"
If Afghanistan has a ground zero, Canadian troops reside there, moreso than any other nation, including the "willing". What appears strange, despite some pointed rhetoric, Canadian officials seem to accept our fate with some resignation. NATO is a complete joke, with no sense of proportional accountability. Is it not time for Canada to raise the temperature, quit acting like the good citizen and demand more, or threaten to change our role unilaterally? We demand fairness, equality at home, why do we accept less away?