Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Omar Khadr: When the Truth Hurts
I can't believe it. It seems too good to be true. But someone in this smug and self satisfied country has actually criticized Canada's shameful treatment of Omar Khadr. And called a spade a spade. Or a waterboard a waterboard.
Canada has sunk to the moral equivalent of al-Qaeda by failing to treat Canadian Omar Khadr the same way it treats other child soldiers, Liberal Senator Roméo Dallaire said Tuesday.
"The minute you start playing with human rights, with conventions, with civil liberties in order to say you are doing it to protect yourself … you are no better than the guy who doesn't believe in them at all...."
Good for Roméo Dallaire. And don't you just LOVE the exchange between him and the wretched SoCon homophobe Jason Kenney?
"Is it your testimony that al-Qaeda strapping up a 14-year-old girl with Down Syndrome and sending her into a pet market to be remotely detonated is the moral equivalent to Canada's not making extraordinary political efforts for a transfer of Omar Khadr to this country?" asked Kenney.
"If you want a black and white [response] … I am only too prepared to give it to you: absolutely," said Dallaire. "You are either with the law or you are against the law. You're either a child soldier or you're not. You're either guilty or you're not."
Exactly. Omar Khadr WAS a child soldier. The kangaroo courts of Guantanamo are an affront to justice. And while Khadr hasn't been found guilty of ANYTHING two governments..... Liberal and Conservative.....are guilty of letting the Pentagon waterboarders torture a badly wounded Canadian kid.
You can't get any lower than that ......and still call yourself a Canadian.
And the idiot media in this country should also hang its head in shame for letting this case drag on. By giving more coverage, for example, to the ridiculous case of Brenda Martin ....and her blubbering brush with Mexican justice.... than they ever have to the Khadr case.
Since the day Omar was shot.
And then tortured.
Held in the worst prison on earth surrounded by torturers and dangerous extremists. When according to his lawyer all he wants to do is live a normal life in Canada....watch the Lord of the Rings, and draw comics.
Look as a gay guy I loathe Al Qaeda and other religious extremists more than most. But as a Canadian I know that we have to do the RIGHT thing...and be better than our enemies. Because if we aren't what are we fighting for? Why are we blabbing about human rights? When we are nothing more than weak and smarmy hypocrites.
And of course because I also know that a country that doesn't stand up for its citizens .... not even when the citizen is a child and is being tortured....isn't a real country by ANY stretch of the imagination. It's a vile and ugly place. And I want my Canada to be noble and beautiful.
Roméo Dallaire said what had to be said today ..... even if the truth hurts.
Omar Khadr's kangaroo trial is now a farce.
It's time to end this disgusting shameful torture story.
And bring Omar Khadr home ...
P.S. For what it's worth ..... when Jason Kenney talks about that pet market bombing....and the bomber with Downs Syndrome....he doesn't know what he is blabbing about.
A porker homophobe....a Pentagon stooge.... AND an ignorant Con Klown.
And then there is this:
Liberal Leader Stephane Dion said he disagreed with Dallaire's choice of words, and hinted the senator could be disciplined.
"This is a matter to deal with the (party) whip, and we'll deal with that," Dion told reporters.
How low can we go....and STILL call it Canada?
ADDENDUM: Now that Brenda Martin is back home and cooking for her Mommy...
Do you think she'll settle down, stop blubbering, open a Mexican Restaurant called La Chucha or El Chupete, and NEVER be heard from again?
I'm keeping my fingers crossed...