Friday, July 09, 2010
Omar Khadr: When Hope is Finally Lost
I know most Canadians don't care about Omar Khadr. I know I live in a country where many people actually hate him.
Even though he almost certainly didn't throw the grenade that killed an American Special Forces soldier. Even though he was a child soldier.
I've written so many post about this shameful travesty of justice, I don't know what more to say. Except that this really bothers me.
“He is a young man in an adult’s body now,” Edney said. “He appears to have given up hope. He doesn’t wish to participate in a process he sees as not only illegal but going against justice.”
It has always amazed me how that Canadian kid managed to hold on to hope for so long, after all the terrible things they did to him.
Dragged off to Pakistan by his crazy terrorist father.
Tortured over and over again. Locked up for years in the cages of that hellhole called Guantanamo. Betrayed by his own government.
Through all of that he managed by all accounts to keep hope alive. Now this horribly traumatized young Canadian is apparently losing it. And that makes me both sad and angry.
Because this case is so cruel and unjust it's beyond travesty.
The Federal Court has given the Harper government until Monday to intervene in Khadr’s case. If Ottawa did ask for his repatriation at this late date, there is no certainty that President Barack Obama, under his own domestic pressures, would agree. But it is time for Harper to show confidence in the Canadian legal system and make the request.
Stephen Harper should do the right, decent, and Canadian thing and make that request. But I doubt he will because he knows a wedge issue when he sees one.
And this sinister, inhuman, authoritarian would rather appeal to the basest instincts of the population. The kind of people who are shrugging their shoulders at the massive violations of human rights that occurred during the G20 summit.
Oh boy. What more can I say? Except hurray for Jeremy Dyer.
Because my parents taught me to try and be a good and kind person, and to stand up for my rights and the rights of others.
So I wouldn't shake Harper's hand either.
And of course, whatever they say, or whatever they do.
Omar Khadr lives HERE...