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.”

Letters to the Editor: Gulf News (UAE)…One person’s thoughts on GWB

Bush LegacyAhh…. Those fabulous days when they laughed about Bill Clinton’s “foreign policies” when he became President. They laughed at our (DNC) stupidity with some dumb hick from Arkansas off to visit the foreign heads of state. The laughter! How they joked and riddled each of us…Clinton was our guy and we elected some dumb hick. …How well I remember those days…<sigh>

Well, the sunset hours of our current Texas-sized trailer-park trash and the fruits of his own “foreign policies” have begun to ripen. Ever wonder how people from foreign lands feel about our current “foreign relations genius? Of course we’ll overlook that that disaster of a trip Bush and his wife took to Argentina in Nov. 2005 . The one when Hugo Chavez made Bush looked like an idiot and the local press was reporting that the country had never seen such a mass-riots. The same Argentinian Summit where Bush retured home stumbling drunk and showed up to endorse Jerry Kilgore for Governor who ended up loosing in landslide…but I digress.

Today, Bush is visiting the Middle East. He’s hoping to cinch up the final days of his “legacy” over there. Rachel Maddow lead me to a Letter to the Editor in the United Arab Emirate’s Gulf News and I thought it was worth blogging.

You can read the entire letter for yourself, while I’ll just plagiarize the first sixty-five sentences. Now when you read it.. Read it allowed. …That way you’ll get the full effect of what the author is trying to say.

Ready? Okay..! Ehem..! “A Letter to the Editor! …One person’s viewpoint on our President of the United States: George W. Bush” …read out loud:

Dear Mr. President;

Lest you forget. Invasion of Iraq. Thousands of dead. Looting the National Museum. Disbanding the Iraqi army. Donald Rumsfeld. Shock and Awe. Jay Garner. Paul Bremer. Inciting sectarianism. Abu Ghraib. Thousands of detainees without charges. Torture. Oil. Ghost WMDs. The Niger connection. Halliburton. Blackwater. Deadly security contractors. Mercenaries. Fallujah. Haditha massacre. Blind support of Israel. Instigating the suffering of Gaza. Ignoring the expansion of illegal colonies. Defying United Nations resolutions. Securing “a Jewish State”. Allowing Israelis to extend the destruction of Lebanon in the 2oo6 war. Providing Israel with new Bunker Buster bombs to attack Lebanese towns. The War on Terror. “The Crusade”. Clash of civilisations. Where is Osama Bin Laden? Afghanistan. Bagram massacre. Bombing media offices. Guantanamo Bay. Kangaroo courts. Indefinite detention. Presidential orders to ignore Geneva Conventions. “Unlawful enemy combatants”. Illegal National Security Agency wiretapping. Fingerprinting visitors. Black prisons. Kidnapping foreign citizens on foreign lands. Khalid Al Masri. Abu Omar. Maher Arar. Central Intelligence Agency. “Aggressive interrogation techniques”. Destroying the torture tapes. Iran tension. Isolating Syria. Embracing Syrian opposition Iraq style. The Chavez coup. Denial of global warming. Rejecting Kyoto Protocol. Marginalisation of the United Nations. John Bolton. Paul Wolfowitz and the World Bank. Carl Rove. Alberto Gonzales. Firing attorneys. Nepotism. False democracy promises. Dick Cheney, Dick Cheney and Dick Cheney.

FruitFlyAhhh… How I miss the days when we had a real President in office… tsk tsk tsk… Instead, we have Texas’ finest in ‘Cowboy Diplomacy’.

What’s that you say?! Oh yes, I remember that saying too: “He who laughs last, laughs best.”

Problem is; nobody’s laughing.