Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Omar Khadr and the Shame of it All
As usual I'm having trouble finding the rights words to describe how I feel about Omar Khadr, Stephen Harper, and this kangaroo court.
It's difficult to imagine that a 15-year-old, handcuffed to a stretcher after surgery, bullet holes in his chest and his eyes full of shrapnel, would feel anything but coerced during an interrogation. Yet a U.S. military commission judge ruled yesterday that statements given eight years ago in these circumstances by the Canadian Omar Khadr to U.S. authorities at a prison camp in Bagram, Afghanistan, were reliable and not the product of coercion.
It is a painful irony that the 15-year-old who was coerced by his family to be a terrorist could then be coerced by a democratic state to give evidence against himself.
Because after that what can you say? Except that the trial is a travesty. The judge is a Pentagon goon.
And this outrageous violation of a young Canadian's human rights won't just shame Barack Obama and Stephen Harper
His historic trial before a discredited American military tribunal promises to shame not only U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration but also Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s acquiescent Conservative government. And it may well bring the law into disrepute in both countries.
It will shame us ALL.
In short, Khadr has been cut adrift by his own government, denied rightful status as a child soldier and will be judged by his enemies.
However this case plays out, powerful figures have shown cavalier disregard for a Canadian citizen’s rights, Parliament’s will, and international law. Khadr may be alone in the dock, but judgment will fall on others, too.
Which is why I keep writing about this case. So that if a hundred years from now anyone ever stumbles across this humble blog they will know that some Canadians never went along with this mockery of justice.
Never let this foul Con government, and all the other racists and Pentagon stooges in this country, get away with this crime against a Canadian child soldier.
And never stopped repeating, even when most Canadians didn't give a damn, or would rather not know.
This trial is a TRAVESTY.
And Omar Khadr lives HERE...