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Acknowledgements Chapter 1 Canada in Afghanistan: War First, Rationale Later Chapter 2 The Invasion and Occupation ofAfghanistan Chapter 3 The Canadian Mission in Afghanistan Chapter 4 To Support the Troops, Take CoverBehind Them Chapter 5 The Many Invasions of Afghanistan Chapter 6 Canada’s Allies in Afghanistan Chapter 7 Pakistan’s Duplicitous Role in Afghanistan Chapter 8 This War Is Not about Human Rights Chapter 9 The United States Is Losing the WiderWar Chapter 10 Bringing Canadian Troops Home fromAfghanistan Chapter 11 Towards a New Canadian Foreign Policy Notes Index



MISSION OF FOLLY is a candid report on Canada?s participation in America?s ?War onTerror? in Afghanistan. Laxer explores the policy vacuum that resulted in Canadian troopsbeing sent to fight a war that would last longer than any previous Canadian allied engagement. With passion and perspicacity he details the motives underlying the invasion and occupationof Afghanistan, outlines the recent history of that troubled nation, and challenges the assumptionthat infringement of human rights is sufficient justification for Canada?s involvement. Laxer?s familiarity with U. S. and Canadian global policy provides the backdrop for a concisestudy that will be of interest to a broad readership.

JAMES LAXER is a Professor of Political Science at York University in Toronto. An award-winning author and a former Toronto Star columnist, Laxer is the author of twenty-one books, including Perils of Empire and Red Diaper Baby: A Boyhood in the Age of McCarthyism.

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