Sunday, October 17, 2010
Omar Khadr and the King of Torture
Yesterday I told you why the Bush/Cheney administration decided to single out Omar Khadr for prosecution, when they had so many other adult prisoners they could have gone after first.
In the case of Khadr, the agenda was clear enough: Khadr would be accused of murdering an American soldier. He would demonstrate a new principle that the Bush Administration sought to establish, namely that it is a war crime for civilians to take up arms against a military force that invades their country.
The fact that this new principle is opposed by most of the world and undermines the very foundations of the laws of war was probably only an added benefit, in their perverse reasoning. And similarly, they seem to have taken a certain perverse pleasure in violating the protections that international law gives to child warriors. They were trying to prove a favorite neoconservative meme: international law is meaningless.
Because if they could rape the rights of a Canadian kid, and get away with it, they could rape the rights of ANYONE.
Today the wonderful young humanitarian Craig Kielburger writes about the time he met Omar.
It dawned on me that people thought my 13-year old self did something kids shouldn’t be capable of doing. But, when Omar was pushed into weapons training at 10, apparently he should have known better.
Really though, the two of us are products of our environment. Omar is just being punished for his.
And the so-called King of Torture lays a little pain on Canada.
The directors also interviewed Damien Corsetti, who worked as an interrogator in Afghanistan and Iraq, including at the Abu-Ghraib prison which became infamous for the torture of inmates.
Corsetti, who was nicknamed “The Monster” and “King of Torture,” sympathized with Khadr.
“Ultimately the blame now lies on the Canadian people, of how I, as a cold, callous son of a bitch, had more compassion for that boy than his own people.”
I'm not quite sure what to say after a statement like that, from a guy like this:
Damien Corsetti looks at me with his small eyes and says: “Look, they leave us alone in this room, they give me a roll of duct tape to tie you to the chair, I turn off the light and in five hours you sign a piece of paper for me saying that you’re Usamah Bin-Ladin”.
Except what does it say about a country, when a torturer has more of a conscience than a Prime Minister?
Why are we allowing our Bush/Cheney Cons to keep raping the rule of law?
Can you imagine what Omar must have endured in a place like that?
And of course the most painful question.
Doesn't the truth HURT?