“I can understand the passion that the leader of the Opposition and members of his party feel for the Taliban prisoners,” Harper said. “I just wish occasionally they would show the same passion for Canadian soldiers.”
– from the CBC report
Either Stephen Harper thinks the Canadian people are idiots or he himself is one, there is no other interpretation of a remark like this. Reducing complex issues to “fer us er agin us” statements is dangerously stupid.
Set aside the moral argument about whether it’s A-OK to participate in or condone torture, it is simply not effective when the war is being fought to pacify a population. Just in case it’s not us that are the stupid ones, I’ll spell it out as clearly and simply as I can for Mr. Harper: when our troops or our allies mistreat foreign prisoners, it creates more hostility and more enemies, not less.
It will serve only to make the war longer, which benefits no one except those that like to use war as a reason to wrap themselves in a flag and make simplistic statements to cover their own inadequacies. So please, Mr. Harper, set aside aside your faux concern for the troops, we see it for the bullshit that it is.