Friday, January 29, 2010
Omar Khadr and Mr. Torture
Like many Canadians my first reaction to today's Supreme Court decision was disappointment.
Because Omar Khadr, Canadian child soldier, has suffered enough, and he should have been brought home long ago.
But I bet I'm not as disappointed as Stephen Harper. I'm quite sure he was hoping the Court would order him to bring Khadr home. So he could turn to his rabid base, say I did my best. And then use the decision to whip up anger against the Supreme Court...that he hates more than Khadr.
But instead the Court refused to play his game. Ruled that Khadr's Charter rights have and are being violated. And dumped the whole stinking mess back into Harper's lap.
"We … leave it to the government to decide how best to respond to this judgment in light of current information, its responsibility for foreign affairs and in conformity with the charter...
Leaving it up to Harper to decide whether he is going to be Mr Charter or Mr Torture.
Just as he's trying to soften his image, and trying to make us believe that he's Great Mother Leader...a born again humanitarian, and a friend of women and children.
Good luck eh?
It's hard enough trying to pose as a humanitarian...or a nun... after shutting down Parliament to try to avoid questions about torture. While declaring war on young offenders, and attacking human rights organizations.
And this picture of Omar, is not going to help that phony new/nouveau image...
Goodbye Great Mother Leader, hello Mr Torture.
You know I've written a lot of posts about Omar Khadr. About the horror, the injustice, and the shame.
But what I find even more shameful is that in a beautiful country like this one we have a Prime Minister like Stephen Harper. A political thug who continues to rape our values, and thinks that torture isn't important. Or that Omar Khadr, Canadian child soldier, hasn't suffered ENOUGH.
He really is a monster. We really do deserve better.
Organize, unite, defeat him.
Before he corrupts our country...