Somalia Affair to Canada’s Afghan Detainee Torture Scandal
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POLS 2000 – Written Assignment (20%)
For this assignment, you will be expected to write a short 2-4 page (500-1000 words) paper based on a close reading of a particular text that will be provided.
The article you will be reading is from your textbook:
Sherene Razack, “From the Somalia Affair to Canada’s Afghan Detainee Torture Scandal,” in Jerome Klassen and Greg Albo (ed.) Empire’s Ally: Canada and the War in Afghanistan,” Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2013.
In 2007, Canadian newspapers were briefly headlined by stories about Canada’s involvement in the torture of Afghan prisoners in Canada’s occupation of that country. Much of the public debate about the affair centred on the question of whether it was morally acceptable to use violence to extract useful information from an “immoral” enemy. Despite the fact that most Canadians would say that torture is wrong, the Canadian government and military have faced no consequences.
However, it is widely accepted in intelligence circles that torture rarely produces significant or reliable tactical information. As such, how do we explain Canada’s participation in torture of the Afghans they have detained? Sherene Razack explores the Canadian torture scandal in light of the logic of colonial occupation. How does Razack explain Canada’s behaviour in Afghanistan? In what ways is the Afghan experience connected to Canada’s torture scandal in Somalia?
This is a text-based assignment, not a research essay, so you are not expected to read or cite any sources besides the Razack article. All of the information you need to answer the question is in the article. You will be graded on how effectively you are able to comprehend and explain the most important parts of Razack’s argument.
Due in class: October 17, 2017. (Hardcopy only, no emailed papers!)