11 Dec Text of the ambassadors’ letter – feedback
Contrarian reader Cliff White writes:
What a wonderful letter: short, succinct, to the point, and balanced.
I’ve personally found this whole affair very disturbing. Although the media in general have been very good in following it and keeping it on the front burner, they have also, at times, let what seems to me the main issues slide out of focus.
The issue is not whether there was proof that Canadian detainees were tortured. Anyone with a scintilla of sense knew torture by Afghan forces was common place and it you’d have to be a complete fool to suggest that, for some reason, only those detainees captured by Canadians wouldn’t receive the same treatment.
Insisting there was no evidence of such treatment was simply an exercise in government obfuscation. Unfortunately instead of ignoring this red herring reporters and commentators have given it weight I don’t think it deserved.
The main issues from my point of view are, first, the government’s obvious ignoring the issue of torture, in the first place—it seems quite clear that in the early days at least they just didn’t want to know about it. Second, the unscrupulous attacks on Colvin. These attacks have underlined the moral bankruptcy of this government. Unfortunately I also feel they have tainted us all.