Monday, April 30, 2007

Relying on the Afghans to investigate torture

NATO is welcoming an investigation by the Afghans. Harper is relying on it as a crutch:
“The government in Afghanistan has made a public commitment to inquire [into detainee transfers], and the government of Canada is willing to help in any way in that undertaking.”
The question is whether this is sufficient at this point. In the face of all the indications that the Afghans are not respecting the standards to which we adhere, including Stockwell Day's confirmation today that Canadian corrections officials are hearing first-hand torture allegations , we have no reason to believe that farming out an inquiry to them will provide satisfactory answers.

Harper might as well just be saying to the Afghans, do as you please. That's his position.