"Man torturing man is a fiend beyond description. You turn a corner in the dark and there he is. You congeal into a bundle of inanimate fear. You become the very soul of anesthesia. But there is no escaping him. It is your turn now..." Henry Miller
Canada`s legacy in peace keeping and international diplomacy may become a distant memory lost in the wake of "torture in Afghanistan". The stink of torture by proxy and Canadian duplicity is a sad swan song for the greatest Canadian myth. We were the good guys. A true balance to the American pathology for arrogant unbridled power. We believed in the better life for everyone on the planet. People around the world liked us and bought this shite. But the worm has turned! "Even the most humble will strike back if abused enough". Proverb
There is a sound of corruption sucking the support out of Canada`s commitment to military action in Afghanistan. Our government chooses to ignore the possibility of "extrajudicial executions, disappearances, torture and detention without trial" (see Globe report). This smells of the kind of coverup and misinformation that our neighbour constantly runs into while trying to convince it`s citizens that "war is just". It takes time but unjust wars always come to light too late to help the victims of these kinds of corruption and abuses. Our military presence seems to be supporting something very sinister by our historical international traditions. I`m talking the traditions of Lester Pearson and peace keeping.
Consider that against the traditions of the "dark side". That`s where we turn the blind eye to abuse of Afghan citizens who get in the way. A little torture for the greater good. Yeah, and the greater good is always a big question mark? Good for who in the muddle of true lies and intent. Cheney probably knows why we`re in Afghanistan and Harper thinks he knows but somewhere in this shitey mess Canadians are dying for the dark side. But it`s reassuring to hear Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day tells us that none of these abuses really happened. Day also assures us that there is no need for an investigation and that we can ignore these Globe and mail articles that spread this nonsense. I`m not sure who to trust these days but it`s definitely not these guys. They have no sense of history or passion for truth. The truth is out there but we won`t get it without an investigation of alleged Afghanistan government torture and abuse.
This building saga of "war without reproach" that may prove to be a typical "war of shame" could slander Canada`s ability to help lead the world`s conscience to "winning the peace" in world wide conflicts. We need to think "high and mighty" if we`re going to be involved in death and duty. Pearson was a problem solver and a giant in International diplomacy. Harper makes excuses for abuse and torture and leads us into the shitehole of American intentions that need the balance of a Pearson, not the sycophancy of a 'Bush-Lite". People worldwide hate Americans for their neglect of other`s human rights. Do we need to join this team? The war drums keep beating. The same song keeps playing. Where is our next Pearson? He is sorely needed.