The Secretary General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, told Canwest News Service yesterday that Canadians should not be concerned about the treatment of Afghan detainees transferred to Afghan authorities by Canadian Forces.
Sounds pretty clear to me. As most right-thinking Canadians have believed all along, our brave men and women serving in Afghanistan have not been committing war crime as charged by elected members of the Liberal Party of Canada—most recently by Grit MP John McCallum.
Do we believe John McCallum, who lied to the Windsor Star “without thinking” that he owned a Chevrolet, or the Secretary General of NATO? I choose the latter.
When asked if Canadians should be concerned about a risk of torture of detainees who are transferred to Afghan authorities, this is what the Secretary General is reported to have told Canwest:
“Obviously it is a very important topic. But I don’t think Canadians in general should be concerned about it because there are very clear rules regarding the handover of detainees.
“… I’m also aware of the fact that the Canadian government has agreed to a memorandum of understanding with the Afghan government, according to which there are established monitoring mechanisms. So I think all in all we have the right legal and practical framework for that.”
The Liberals will, of course, brush this aside and continue with their slander of our Canadian government and armed services.
Perhaps the Grits should spend some time thinking up a way to spin disclosures being made elsewhere. According to The Torch blog:
“Canadian diplomats stationed in Kabul warned the former Liberal government in 2003, 2004 and 2005 that torture was commonplace in Afghan prisons. In spite of these warnings, the Martin government signed an agreement with the Karzai government in December 2005 to hand over all Canadian-captured prisoners to Afghan authorities, Foreign Affairs documents obtained by La Presse reveal.”
I doubt a public inquiry into the detainees matter would serve the reputations of John McCallum and other senior Grits very well, so perhaps they should be careful what they wish for.
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