The Star has this powerful editorial about the Canadian Forces investigation into inaction in the face of the sexual abuse of children by Afghan forces. Excerpt:
The military has — at long last — released the results of an inquiry into why Canadian troops serving in Afghanistan years ago failed to intervene when they saw Afghan soldiers abusing children, or suspected them of doing so. And it confirms that the military took action only after the media blew the whistle on the problem.
It took far too long to make this public. The probe was launched back in 2008 after a frontline soldier told the Star about evidence of abuse, saying he had seen a boy who had been severely injured in a rape. A report by a military board of inquiry was completed in 2010. But it was only revealed on Tuesday — six years after being finished, and two years after the end of Canada’s mission.