Friday, February 01, 2008

So General Hillier is now a lawyer

I was just reading through the media sites on this snowy Friday night and found this chestnut.

Although what he says in technically true it does not take away from the fact that the allegations against the Governor of Khandahar of him personally taking part in torture come from reliable sources, including our own diplomats.

As well, we are not talking about a court of law we are talking what Canada's role should be in Afghanistan and to some extent whether Canada should still be involved in that war.

And, he totally misses the point that the real crime in this story is not the allegations but the fact the government tried to cover them up, which is the pattern for this government. Canada is at war and its citizens have the right to know what they are at war for. Platitudes and jingoism are very thin substitutes for real information which is why support for the war continues to wane and it could also be a contributing factor to the fading poll numbers for the Conservatives.


Blogger wilson said...

And the Red Cross is involved in the cover up too?
Canada asked, and were politely told, none of your business, we will handle from here.

'...The International Committee of the Red Cross was told last spring by Canadian diplomats of the allegations against Mr. Khalid, Graziella Piccolo, an ICRC spokeswoman in Kabul, confirmed.

But the ICRC won't tell Canada whether it investigated the allegations nor the outcome of any investigation.

"Should an authority, such as the Canadian government, decide to share information with the ICRC about detainees held by another authority, such as the Afghan government, the ICRC would address these concerns only with the detaining authorities."...'

February 02, 2008 12:17 PM  

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