But of course he does. That's his thing. False appeals to patriotism and using Canadian soldiers as a shield to the allegations that he and his political leadership in Foreign Affairs and Defence turned a blind eye to torture allegations. No one has pointed a finger at the military other than the Prime Minister through his constant reference to them as these allegations have been discussed. Today he did:
"Let me just say this: living as we do, in a time when some in the political arena do not hesitate before throwing the most serious of allegations at our men and women in uniform, based on the most flimsy of evidence, remember that Canadians from coast to coast to coast are proud of you and stand behind you, and I am proud of you, and I stand beside you."Recently (October 16th) he did the same thing, purposely and inappropriately characterizing the Canadian military as participants in torture allegations when no one else has stated such a thing as he did here:
"There were allegations of Canadian troops involved in torture. We’ve been very clear that's not the case," the prime minister said.Who has ever stated that Canadian troops were directly involved in torture as this man is suggesting here? No one but him.
Opposition politicians say that they are in fact standing up for Canadian soldiers in the face of incompetent or unclear handling of torture allegations by the Conservative government.The opposition shouldn't be cowed by the Bush era Harper rhetoric, facts like these should remain the focus:
For more than two years, Stephen Harper's government has been sitting on more than 1,000 pages of potentially key evidence in the widening fiasco over the alleged torture of Afghan prisoners.The Prime Minister's rhetoric today does nothing to answer such questions, they are just likely to persist.
The documents are the official results of Canadian military police investigations in Afghanistan, dating back to 2006, and go straight to the heart of the controversy gripping Parliament.
But like other documentary evidence surrounding this murky chapter in Canada's war effort, the military police reports remain under government lock and key.
All of which raises the obvious question: What is the government trying to hide?