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Duel 190 - Could Trump’s new Afghanistan strategy work or should the U.S. just get out?

This week's question: Could Trump’s new Afghanistan strategy work or should the U.S. just get out? With a degree of certainty, I predict there will be a western military presence in Afghanistan for decades to come. U.S. President Donald Trump didn’t say as much when he announced his new strategy for the U.S. war in Afghanistan last week. But, it is the inevitable outcome. Trump heralded his approach as a stark departure from his predecessors’. In a speech...Read More

Duel 189 - Should both the extreme right and extreme left share blame for the Charlottesville tragedy?

This week's question: Should both the extreme right and extreme left share blame for the Charlottesville tragedy? Intellectual honesty is dead. Yet the left, which is responsible for its demise, continues to hammer nails into the coffin. Prevailing hysteria dictates every conservative is a fascist. This position is factually false, intellectually dishonest and extraordinarily dangerous. Blame for the violence in Charlottesville, Va., is shared by both extremes: the neo-Nazis and the antifascists. Each side provokes the other. Both...Read More

Duel 188 - Is NAFTA good for Canada?

This week's question: Is NAFTA good for Canada? Never has the relationship between Canada and the United States been more important than it is right now. As Europe continues its inexorable slide into oblivion and Asia teeters on the brink — thanks entirely to China and its maniacal support of its bastard grandchild Kim Jong-un, the Communist dictator of North Korea — Canada needs friends it can count on. We need the United States. I know these words...Read More

Duel 187 - Should transgender people be allowed to serve in the Canadian military?

This week's question: Should transgender people be allowed to serve in the Canadian military? On Friday former premier Christy Clark resigned as leader of the B.C. Liberal Party and Kelowna MLA. Her downfall at the polls and subsequent departure from politics is largely a result of her abandoning long articulated principles. Many on the Left relished demonizing her and would never have voted for her. Yet, over the course of the 18 months preceding the May election Clark...Read More

Duel 186 - Is social justice a myth?

This week's question: Is social justice a myth? The West is under attack and for years I’ve argued the threat posed by radical Islam demands every measure to be taken to meet this existential threat. But, with the passing of each terror attack it’s become clear no direct action is capable of making a difference until we address the real threat. The enemy is within the West itself. It is embodied, if not manifested, by the Leftist concept...Read More

Duel 185 - Are the B.C. wildfires getting worse from climate change?

This week's question: Are the B.C. wildfires getting worse from climate change? Only those blinded by the climate change dogma could corrupt something so understandable as a forest fire. Devastating as they are, especially when flames overrun populated areas, wildfires are intrinsic to nature and essential to a vibrant forest. I am no stranger to forest fires. Growing up in the Okanagan Valley meant enduring the annual August ritual of waking to a sun lost behind a haze...Read More