Thursday, May 28, 2015
Omar Khadr and the Monster Stephen Harper
Of all the Canadians Stephen Harper has muzzled during his reign of terror nobody was muzzled more than Omar Khadr.
For years Harper prevented the media from meeting with him, hearing about his ordeal, or even taking his picture. So he could portray Khadr as a monster.
And since I have never defended anyone as long and as strongly as I have that child soldier, you can imagine how I feel to see him ride free at last.
And hear him tell his story in his own words.
Because that story couldn't be more horrifying or more moving.
"I don't wish people to love me. I don't wish people to hate me. I just wish for people to give me a chance," he says.
"I wish that I could get out of prison and just be the next Joe on the street who nobody knows and who nobody gives a second look or thought to. That would be my ideal life."
And now at last Canadians will have a chance to judge him for themselves in a documentary called Omar Khadr: Out of the Shadows.
Here's an excerpt:
And when it's over I hope Canadians will finally understand why I always maintained that the real monster is Stephen Harper.
The bestial leader who would do to Omar what he would do to others in this country...
And whose silence since Khadr was released on bail, and allowed to talk to Canadians, couldn't be more revealing. Or condemn him more.
But beyond that, the documentary will provide me with the closure I have been awaiting for so long. Because I can honestly say that few things in my life have bothered me as much as that travesty of justice. Or made me more ashamed to be a Canadian.
But now there is nothing more I can do to try to help him. He is being cared for by good decent Canadians, and his destiny is at last in his own hands.
Except wish him all the best, hope that his liberation will herald our own.
And say Omar, I don't know how you survived what those bestial bullies did to you.
But isn't freedom wonderful?
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