WATERLOO (Dec 19, 2006)
Diplomat Chris Alexander sees no imminent end to Canada's five-year involvement in Afghanistan.
But he is not souring on the controversial mission.
Yes, 44 soldiers have died there. And, yes, it remains a desperately poor country.
But Alexander, who works for the United Nations in Afghanistan, also sees real economic progress.
He believes Canada is right to shed blood and risk its soldiers in battling the ousted Taliban regime.
"Afghanistan, for our effort to succeed, will require stamina from everyone," Alexander says.
"Let's be proud...