Monday, November 29, 2010

Who Is Accountable?

At every turn I extend the benefit of the doubt to our soldiers serving overseas. For the most part this is true of most of the people in the various media. The boys are following orders, doing their best and deserve our support. So when I read about soldiers handing over prisoners to the notorious NDS (Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security) who are infamous for using torture, I assume this is the fault of the policy makers and blame them and not the soldiers, and hope that somehow our system of justice will eventually hold those who are responsible for such actions accountable -- this is apparently pie in the sky as Prime Minister Harper manages to subvert democracy and accountability at every turn with the unwitting help of the opposition.

 But when I read, as I just have, in the Globe and Mail, The Canadian Forces in Afghanistan have for at least four years captured children accused of co-operating with the Taliban and transferred them to a local security unit suspected of torture, according to CBC News, I lose interest in giving anyone the benefit of the doubt. Children are off limits and fuck screw anyone who thinks different!

If indeed these children have been coerced into assisting the Taliban or whomever the hell it is Canada is at war with in Afghanistan, then get them out of the way without handing them over to know torturers! How difficult can that be? Our mission, after all, is supposed to have a humanitarian component to it.

 Does anyone in government anywhere on this planet have a moral compass anymore? Are we all to allow ourselves to be governed and ruled by sociopaths? What in Christ is the matter with us? Does anyone understand that actions have consequences and that things like this are why it is so easy to recruit more for terrorist causes?

We have helped bring nothing but war to Afghanistan. All else is propaganda. Unless you think 70% of the population living in poverty with more than half of all children under five (54%) whose growth has been stunted due to poor nutrition is some kind of victory for democracy, freedom and the NATO allies! By the way, life expectancy is just 44.

"Afghanistan has the highest infant mortality rate in the world," states Catherine Mbengue, UNICEF's country representative. Other indicators are equally appalling, such as 70% of the population lacking potable water. Diarrhea in particular kills tens of thousands of children every year and is, in Afghanistan, a particularly serious health risk.
 
Anything there make you feel proud of the Canadian efforts in Afghanistan? Anything there explain to you what we're doing in Afghanistan? Nine years and counting, and we've just signed on to staying until 2014 and beyond!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

http://cablegate.wikileaks.org/index.html