Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Stephen Harper, Omar Khadr, and the Con War On the Supreme Court
I wrote my first post about the case of Omar Khadr just over seven years ago. And since then I have written more than eighty others.
I have always considered the way that Canadian child soldier was treated to be one of the worst travesties of justice in the history of this country.
And I believe Stephen Harper's cruel treatment of that young Canadian to be an absolute abomination.
So you can imagine how I felt when I saw that Khadr had finally won a measure of justice.
Convicted terrorist Omar Khadr has won a major victory over the federal government in a court ruling that says he should be treated as if he were sentenced as a youth. After a decade of incarceration stretching back to when he was 15, it is as close as the Canadian al-Qaeda recruit has come to being declared a child soldier
Only to see that the brutish Harperite cult would deny him even that.
Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said a youth sentence is not appropriate for Mr. Khadr. He said the government will appeal to the Supreme Court, and would also seek an order blocking the transfer while the appeal is being heard.
Would try to keep a quiet, gentle, model prisoner, in a place full of dangerous violent convicts. One of whom has already tried to stab him, for not serving him an extra helping in the prison cafeteria.
After all he has suffered...
Victimized by his ghastly family, forced by his father to join the Taliban, horribly wounded and then tortured by the Americans in a hell hole like Guantanamo, abandoned and betrayed by his own government, and then singled out for special punishment by the Con regime.
The ruling is a vindication of the view held by lawyers for Mr. Khadr that the Conservative government went out of its way to treat their client harshly – more harshly than the laws of Canada allow.
But then Stephen Harper doesn't really care about Omar Khadr, apart from the obvious pleasure he derives from inflicting pain on others.
He just wants to use the Khadr case to pleasure his rabid base, and as more ammunition in his war on "liberal judges" and the Supreme Court.
For why else would the Cons refer the case to the Supreme Court? When they already know which way the court will almost certainly rule, having ruled against them TWICE before.
Why are they setting up so many cases up for failure? The latest being their flawed prostitution bill.
Except as I said last night, to try to pit the mob against the Supreme Court to help him win the next election....
Even if it turns our justice system into the law of the jungle. And our country into a police state or a mad house.
You know, over the many years of writing about Khadr I've been bombarded with hate mail from the kind of right-wing crazies who worship at the altar of people like Ezra Levant. Which as you can imagine is pretty foul stuff.
But what bothered me far more was the indifference of so many other more decent Canadians, who didn't seem to care about Omar's fate. No doubt because they hated his family, as if that should have anything to do with the way they feel about him.
And as I supported those who fought for justice and our Canadian values, and tried to keep his memory alive...
I would always tell the indifferent or the complacent the same thing: If Stephen Harper could treat a young Canadian like that and get away with it, he would treat others the same way one day.
For in his handling of the Khadr case he had proved beyond any reasonable doubt that he is truly capable of ANYTHING.
So today I would say to them look at the monster now...
Now more depraved, desperate, and dangerous than ever. And willing to do ANYTHING to win the next election.
And repeat what I've always said.
Omar Khadr was a child soldier, who never should have been treated the way he was, and should be released as soon as possible.
Stephen Harper should never have been a Canadian Prime Minister.
And until the glorious day when him and his foul Cons are defeated.
The rule of law hangs in the balance.
And nobody in this country is truly safe...
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