There's an article in the Ottawa Citizen describing how a senior military officer objected to the way Canadian troops treated prisoners in Afghanistan. He's concerned that the troops may be violating the Geneva Convention. What jumped out at me wasn't so much the hoods and flexicuffs, it was this:
But Department of National Defence officials say that since the Afghan mission is a peacekeeping operation, any prisoners taken by Canadian troops are not subject to the convention.
So the standards are lower in a peacekeeping operation than in a war?
These are the kinds of games with semantics that have been used to justify the treatment of detainees in Gitmo and Abu Ghraib. I didn't realize that DND officials had been studying at the feet of Alberto Gonzales.