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    Red Cross aid to Taliban reflects moral dilemma

    By Richard Foot, Canwest News Service May 27, 2010

    Jim Davis says it's "disgusting" that the Red Cross would teach Taliban fighters how to save the lives of their wounded comrades on the battlefield. Maureen Eykelenboom {NOTE: He was a medic} of Comox says it's the right thing to do.

    Both are parents of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

    The International Committee of the Red Cross raised eyebrows on Tuesday when it announced it was giving first aid training and medical kits directly to the Taliban insurgency.

    The agency is teaching local doctors and Afghan security forces how to deal with weapon-related wounds. But in April it also provided basic first aid training and emergency medical kits to "over 70 members of the armed opposition," the ICRC said.

    Although NATO says it supports the ICRC's humanitarian work, Britain's Guardian newspaper quoted an Afghan government leader in Kandahar on Tuesday saying the Red Cross should not be helping Taliban fighters because they do "not deserve to be treated like humans." {wonder how long he will keep his job?}

    Davis, whose 26-year-old son Cpl. Paul Davis was killed in 2006, said no outside agency should be teaching the Taliban how to heal its wounded.

    Eykelenboom, whose 23-year-old son Cpl. Andrew Eykelenboom -- an army medic -- was killed by a Taliban suicide bomber in 2006, says Andrew treated battle-wounded insurgents in Afghanistan, so why shouldn't the Red Cross?

    "They're still humans. And maybe by giving them that kind of training and support, there's the potential that they could be better humans," she says.

    Yesterday at Kandahar Airfield, Trooper Larry Rudd was saluted by British Maj.-Gen. Nick Carter, five other generals and about 1,000 Canadian, American and British troops shortly after dawn at a ramp ceremony about 20 kilometres away from where the 26-year-old Brantford, Ont., native was killed by a homemade landmine on Monday.

    As well, a car bomb blew up outside Canada's Provincial Reconstruction Team base in Kandahar City. One Afghan citizen was injured.

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    First comment: The Internation Red Cross can go ask the Taliban for donations.

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    Eykelenboom, whose 23-year-old son Cpl. Andrew Eykelenboom -- an army medic -- was killed by a Taliban suicide bomber in 2006, says Andrew treated battle-wounded insurgents in Afghanistan, so why shouldn't the Red Cross?

    "They're still humans. And maybe by giving them that kind of training and support, there's the potential that they could be better humans," she says.

    Ok, why doesn't Mrs. Eykelenboom go and ask them to be better humans and see how far she gets.

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    I have no problem with caring for a wounded human being.

    And I know this is about the International Red Cross....but that caring for human beings is what makes the US (and other countries) better than some other countries.
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    It's one thing for our forces to pick up wounded fighters and help them- then they are out of the fight and potential intelligence can be gained.

    It's another thing for them to be treating themselves where they can pick up a weapon again and start putting rounds down range at our boys.

    If they want help, they can put down their weapons and come ask for it.

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