Defence Minister Peter MacKay sunk to a new low the other day:
G&M: War-crime allegations 'un-Canadian', MacKay says
"These scurrilous allegations that somehow Canadian soldiers are complicit in war crimes is beyond contempt. It is reprehensible. It is un-Canadian for that member to make those kind of allegations in this place."Joining Coderre in daring to utter such heresy, former Canadian judge and current UN human Rights Commissioner Louise Arbour stated during her trip to Afghanistan that NATO forces "breach international law":
Outside the Commons, Mr. Coderre likened being called un-Canadian to U.S. citizens being dubbed un-American for opposing the war in Iraq.
He said that Mr. MacKay obviously has not read the documents the government was forced to release last week in a Federal Court case, which indicate Canada has transferred juvenile prisoners to Afghan jails.
One of the documents noted that the warden of the notorious Sarpoza prison in Kandahar, where many prisoners handed over by Canadians were held, had been fired after charges that he raped juvenile detainees.
She said civilian casualties from operations by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and U.S.-led coalition forces in Afghanistan had reached "alarming levels".
"These not only breach international law, but are eroding support among the Afghan community for the government and international military presence, as well as public support in contributing states for continued engagement in Afghanistan," she said.