The Toronto Star's Tonda MacCharles has a profile of Richard Colvin that features comments from an EU diplomat named Michael Semple who served in Afghanistan and knew Colvin there. Semple's comments certainly belie Peter MacKay's attempts to smear Colvin as some kind of lightweight who was duped by the Taliban.
Michael Semple, Colvin's counterpart for the European Union mission in Kabul and an expert on that country, told the Star he was "totally flabbergasted" by the comments of Defence Minister Peter MacKay and cabinet colleague John Baird.
"The suggestions are preposterous."
Colvin, Semple said, was an "absolutely rock solid" diplomatic staffer who stepped up and volunteered to go in as a civilian representative with Canada's Provincial Reconstruction Team in Kandahar after Glyn Berry, a close friend of Semple, was killed by a suicide car bomber outside Kandahar.
Berry had been political director of the reconstruction team, coordinating reconstruction projects in the southern region of Kandahar, and worked night and day to rebuild Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban.
"Glyn sacrificed his life serving Canada and serving that cause, and Richard volunteered to step into his shoes, and for someone to turn around and suggest that somehow Richard is a closet Taliban sympathizer or someone who's `soft on terrorists' - when every waking day in Kandahar when he was there he knew that the Taliban had killed his predecessor - of all the people in the world who are vulnerable to that accusation, Richard's pretty low on the list, I'd have thought.
But it doesn't matter how faithfully you serve this government. If it becomes convenient for them to throw you under a bus, then under the bus you go.
H/t to Toedancer at Bread and Roses..