Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Omar Khadr and the Country we Have Become
Some Canadians look at the case of Omar Khadr and wonder My God what have we done?
The trial of Omar Khadr has been called a travesty of justice, a violation of the rule of law, a kangaroo court and lots of other things beside. But what it really was, was a show trial.
And now Guantanamo's very first military tribunal has its first guilty verdict, thanks to those methods of coercion first perfected for the Soviet Bloc show trial. My God, what have we done? Somewhere in hell, Joseph Stalin is smiling.
But I look at this story.
The Ipsos Reid survey found that 49 per cent of the population did not want the Toronto-born Khadr, who confessed to the 2002 killing of a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan, to serve any part of his sentence in Canada.
More than two-thirds of respondents in the survey or 69 per cent said that "Khadr probably is guilty and this plea bargain is too generous, and that the Canadian government was right not to have offered him any assistance up to this point."
And this story
"A guy in a Ku Klux Klan uniform, Confederate flag attached to the back, with a hood on, was holding a rope. And on the end of the rope was a guy in blackface, and the rope was really a noose around his neck,"
And wonder what kind of country we are becoming?
Because anyone who thinks all three stories aren't connected by a common strain, is either deluded. Or a racist. Or a Con.
This is what five years of Stephen Harper's morally bankrupt government has done to us
Who are those old, grubby, ignorant, teabaggers?
What happened to my beautiful country?
I don't recognize it anymore...