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David Mulroney must speak Add to ...

One hopes the opposition parties, who have been howling for all manners of public exposition on Afghan detainee torture allegations, let David Mulroney tell his story this week to the parliamentary committee examining what happened in Afghanistan in 2006. The opposition, who have accused the government repeatedly of stifling dialogue, now find themselves in the position of behaving in the same manner. Hardly a way to win a credibility war or even get at the guts of Richard Colvin's claims.

In Colvin's narrative David Mulroney played a central role. Certainly, the impression was created that Mr. Mulroney exercised such a degree of control over Colvin's reporting that charges of grand conspiracy and cover-up have been flying like missiles out of the mouths of the opposition members.

In the same vein, if some argue Mr. Colvin's character is being attacked then what is happening to Mr. Mulroney at the hands of the opposition is no different. The longer Mr. Mulroney is kept off the stand the longer one version of a series of events becomes the political gospel for those who claim they want the full story.

Mr. Mulroney has just as much right as Mr. Colvin to speak on this crucial matter. Let him.

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