Sunday, December 20, 2009

Conservatives on Afghan Detainee Abuse: Justice Is On Holidays

Allegations of war crimes deserve to be investigated whether its December or July. Conservatives must recognize that doing what’s right should not depend on a calendar.

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Crime doesn't take a break over the holidays, so why should the enforcement of laws?

That is a rhetorical question of course because it's obvious to any person that due to the world we live in our justice system must not and cannot take a holiday. Yet it is from that blatantly obvious fact that the Conservative Party has committed one of the grossest abuses of logic to date.

Laurie Hawn, the parliamentary secretary for the Defence Minister, on Tuesday in explaining why Conservative MPs boycotted a meeting of the Commons committee investigating Afghan detainee abuse, quipped this statement on CTV's PowerPlay:

“It's not the time to be having meetings that are implying, intentioned or not, that Canadians are somehow guilty of war crimes.”
If you weren't sure what that sound was, it was rationality having a seizure. Apparently that happens when a taxpayer-funded employee demonstrates a third grade comprehension of reasoning.

The illogical implication of course from Hawn's statement is that no matter the evidence against Canadians, be they cabinet ministers, bureaucrats, generals, or soldiers; and no matter the scope, whether the matter concerns detainee abuse, genocide, or an illegal war, when December rolls around our Conservative government believes it isn't the time to have justice done.

And this sentiment is not just held by Laurie Hawn, as this Globe and Mail article attests:
The Tories defended their decision by saying there's no urgency to hold more hearings in the holiday period.
How can Conservatives believe Christmas of all times deems that there is no urgency to pursue justice, no urgency to do what is right?

And there again is a rhetorical question, because even the reporter of that Globe article bares witness that the Conservatives motives aren’t concerned with justice, but instead are steeped in politics. Steven Chase writes:
The move ensures for the time being that there are no more hearings to enflame a controversy that's set the government back on its heels and begun to cost it support.
So it is from Conservative partisanship that allegations of war crimes go un-investigated and justice deferred. That out of the sake of their own political livelihoods, the Tories have contorted logic to justify the boycotting of the Commons committee and the pre-emption of any investigation into any wrong doing.

With the potential Conservative cover up of the abuse of detainees at the hands of the Afghan military, now in addition goes the real abuse of logic by the hands of our government.

Allegations of war crimes deserve to be investigated whether its December or July. Conservatives must recognize that doing what’s right should not depend on a calendar.

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