Wednesday, October 27, 2010
The Shameful Show Trial of Omar Khadr
I've been standing up for the human rights of Omar Khadr for so many years you can imagine how I feel about his shameful show trial. This horrifying mix of Kafka and Stalin.
Because if this is pure Stalin.
The statement of facts Khadr signed also says he would think back on his actions and the death of the American soldier when he was aggravated by his guards in Bagram, Afghanistan, and "it would make him feel good."
Surely this must be Kafka.
Dr. Welner's conclusions were reached, he explained, based largely on his understanding of the work of a psychiatrist in Copenhagen, Dr. Nicolai Sennels, who published a study of young Muslims in prison there. Although Welner admitted that he hadn't actually read Dr. Sennels's book because it was written in Danish, which Welner can't read.
He "expressed no interest in developing himself academically," said Welner, because when given U.S. schoolbooks - not classes, just books - he did not show much interest in reading them. Instead, he read Harry Potter, which Welner characterized as a form of "escapism."
The fact that Khadr is surrounded by all Muslim prisoners - a choice made by the U.S. military, not Omar Khadr -- is also a strike against him, said Welner. He's been "marinating in radical Jidahism," Welner said several times on Tuesday. Welner had not spoken to any of the other prisoners in Camp 4, and the source of his information about those prisoners and their beliefs was unclear.
Kafka.Or Dr Strangelove. Or just Dr Welner the inventor of the...um... Depravity Scale.
Because let me get this straight. They riddled this kid with shrapnel. Then shot him twice in the back.
They then tortured him, and locked him up in Guantanamo, and now because he spent so many years there, he's too dangerous to release?
Oh boy. Here we go again . For the record, Khadr's guards say he is a decent young man. Not a religious fanatic. He almost certainly did not throw any grenade because he was too badly wounded.
The real war criminals are in the Pentagon.
Obama is a weakling. Stephen Harper is a sadistic monster.
The trial is a travesty.
And whatever they say or whatever they do.
Omar Khadr WAS a child soldier.
And he lives HERE...