It is interesting that many of the Con blogging tory guru’s (I say Cons not Tories) appear to think it’s OK to torture the Canadian Taliban prisoners (H/T to Where’d That Bug Go). Is this because we are contracting out the job to the Afghans? Would they have the same opinion if Canadians were doing the torturing instead? Violating the Geneva convention appears to be just fine with this group. They wonder why Canadians should lose any sleep over the torture of these prisoners? I don’t care for the Taliban either, but to deliberately violate the Geneva Convention which Canada has adhered to since shortly after the second world war is shockingly inept policy and quite likely illegal.
Canada has obligations under the Geneva Conventions to make sure prisoners it transfers to Afghan authorities aren’t tortured or abused. Rights groups in Canada also contend — and have filed legal action to try to prove — that the Charter of Rights also outlaws transferring detainees to authorities if it is known that they are likely to be tortured or abused.
Now my grampa fought in the second world war and was wounded. I am most grateful he was one of the lucky ones who made it home again. I find the contracting out of torture to be unacceptable and disrespectful to men and women who are fighting not only in this war, but in wars past. I want our troops to be treated well when they are captured by the enemy. If we do not treat the prisoners we hold as we hope our own troops will be treated, through agreements we sign, we become hypocrites and liars. If the Cons think we should get out of the Geneva Conventions we have signed, then they had best come forward, put that on the table and let Canadians debate it. I can tell you right now, Canadians will be against it.