Even The Canadians Will Cave When Bush Demands It

Cass Lake, MNThe Canadian training manual used by diplomats in their Foreign Service have a section that lists all of the countries where torture is used. I’ll give you three guesses on which countries are on the list.

Give up?!?

United States, Israel, Afghanistan, China, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Syria

Isn’t it nice to be in the company with the likes of Mexico and Egypt? Makes ya feel like you need a flea-dip, doesn’t it?

Al Jazeera is reporting the story that the Canadians caught a rash from the US Ambassador and demanded that the US be removed from the list.

“We find it to be offensive for us to be on the same list with countries like Iran and China. Quite frankly it’s absurd,” David Wilkins, the US Ambassador told The Associated Press on Friday.

“For us to be on a list like that is just ridiculous.”

He said the US does not authorise or condone torture. “We think it should be removed and we’ve made that request. We have voiced our opinion very forcefully,” Wilkins said.

Note to Mr. Wilkins:

The Bush Administration, after the United States Supreme Court told him he wasn’t allowed, decided to redefine what constituted “torture”. compromise TortureAnd if I’m not mistaken, it was Republican presidential candidate John McCain who decided to com- promise with the Bush Admin- istration by not only him to redefine what is and what is not “Torture”. But McCain’s “compromised” included “Sodomy” and “Rape” as methods Bush would be allowed and still not be considered torture. (Leave it to those dirty-minded Republicans. Honest to God…How many perverted little pigs can the Republican Party produce?! It’s fascinating that since they’re so pron to sexually deviant behavior (Larry Craig, David Vitter, Bob Allen, etc) that deciding “rape” and “sodomy” should be allowed for prisoners as a means of compromise really couldn’t be that big of a surprise, should it?) I wonder how many times John McCain was raped and sodomized when he was a POW?

The Canadian response was just as bad. The Canucks sounded a bit like a trapped rat:

“I regret the embarrassment caused by the public disclosure of the manual used in the department’s torture awareness training,” Bernier said.

It contains a list that wrongly includes some of our closest allies. I have directed that the manual be reviewed and rewritten. The manual is neither a policy document nor a statement of policy. As such, it does not convey the government’s views or positions,” the statement added.

All of this came about via a certain Syrian-born Canadian engineer, Maher Arar. Arar was detained and tortured for over a year in Syria by the United States. The Canadian justice working on his behalf, eventually cleared him of the allegations. That same justice inquiry produced a manual about the case which was used to develop and train future Canadian diplomats. The training manual explained what appropriate actions should be taken when they’re handing captives to these countries on the list and it eventually become the gold standard for the Canadian Foreign Service.

Amnesty International got the final word:

Alex Neve, secretary general of Amnesty International, said: “It was commendable to see that manual, which seemed to include an important section that was an objective assessment of humanFruitFly 6 rights concerns around the world.

“To see that now be undermined by concerns about embarrassing allies is very disappointing.”

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