Thursday, April 23, 2009
Stephen Harper's Moment of Infamy
Take a close look at this photograph. Because for me it marks the exact moment when Stephen Harper lost his moral authority to govern.
The moment he stood up in Question Period today, and announced that he will seek to appeal this ruling.
"The facts, in our judgment, have not changed. "We will be looking at the decision very carefully and, obviously, considering an appeal."
Even though that means that Omar Khadr will continue to be held even longer in that hellish gulag called Guantanamo.
Even though the Judge couldn't be clearer.
"The ongoing refusal of Canada to request Mr. Khadr's repatriation to Canada offends a principle of fundamental justice and violates Mr. Khadr's rights," O'Reilly said in his 43-page decision.
And stated the ugly truth that cannot be hidden, and will not be silenced anymore:
To their eternal shame two Canadian governments allowed the Bush/Cheney war criminals to send a Canadian kid to a place like Guantanamo. Even though he was a child soldier.
Even though he had been badly wounded.
Allowed these monsters to keep him there for almost seven years and torture him.
Never lifted a finger to help him.
And COLLABORATED with his torturers.
How could we ever have allowed this to happen? How can we ever stand up for the rights of children and child soldiers after committing this human right's outrage?
You know...William Kuebler, his heroic lawyer, says Omar will probably not find out about today's decision for a few days. But I hope when he does it's as big a present as the Disney comic books he loves so much.
Because apparently he has been able to hold on to his humanity better than many Canadians have. Even in that horrible place.
And because his horror has been our shame. A black mark on Canada's reputation that will NEVER be erased.
Oh well. At least now I will never have to call Stephen Harper Prime Minister again.
Because after today he lacks the moral credentials to call himself a Prime Minister....and uphold our Canadian values. He should resign or be dismissed by all decent Canadians as soon as possible.
Until then all he'll get from me is this:
Harper you miserable, cruel, racist, Bush stooge bastard.
Bring Omar Khadr home TOMORROW....