Sunday, April 29, 2007

How could Canada not know?

The Toronto Star's Thomas Walkom makes a good point. Why would Canadians expect Afghanistan, a fourth-rate, third-world hellhole with absolutely no tradition of rule of law or human rights, to not manhandle and torture prisoners? I would have been surprised if they didn't. What was the right solution? Probably we should hold them in a stockade in Afghanistan, but what about the long term? Most likely, and properly, Afghanistan will develop a government that represents everyone, including the large religious fundamentalist bloc in the country. That can only happen if the Taliban cuts al Quada loose. I don't know why that offer hasn't been made publicly by Karzai and NATO leaders.

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