Captain Canada Stephen Taylor can't figure out what all the fuss is about (all emphasis tail-waggingly added):
Today, Afghan detainees, one allegedly beaten with a shoe by an Afghan prison guard, is (allegedly!) throwing the country into madness.
And then there's reality, courtesy of none other than the National Post:
Gen. Natynczyk ordered a military investigation into the incident to find out why he was not told for more than three years that the captive had been in Canadian custody and to examine a Canadian soldier's report that he took a photograph of the captive "to ensure that if the Afghan National Police did assault him, as had happened in the past, that we would have a visual record of his condition."
The Canadians took the captive back when they found him being beaten with shoes by a half dozen Afghan police.
Tune in tomorrow when Taylor lectures us on how rancid dishonesty and gross misrepresentation is the very foundation of modern democracy. Or something.
FROM STEPHEN'S BLOG TO ADRIAN'S KEYBOARD: As commenter CWTF points out, Adrian MacNair is on the job, faithfully regurgitating his Stephen Taylor talking points:
The same old manufactured controversy about another hidden agenda, except that this time it’s based upon the testimony of a single Canadian out of the entire mission in Afghanistan who seems to believe there is even a remote possibility that torture may have occurred after detainees were handed over.
Quite so ... all that controversy based on nothing more than the speculative, uncorroborated testimony of a single Canadian. How irresponsible. Oh, wait ... what's this?
Canada's troops investigated for Afghan abuse
Canada's military police have been quietly investigating allegations for more than a year that the country's troops abused Afghan detainees, CBC News has learned.
Canadian soldiers captured the detainees sometime in 2008 and the investigation into their conduct has been ongoing for at least a year.
We have now (as I sort of predicted) come full circle: from "What torture?" to "Big deal, who cares about torture?", amusingly back to "What torture?". And the Canadian right-wing wurlitzer's job is now complete.
Good job, Adrian. Stephen Taylor has a biscuit for you. Done well, you have.