Sunday, November 29, 2015
Stephen Harper and the Torture of Omar Khadr
In a country full of Stephen Harper's victims, Omar Khadr is without a doubt the one who suffered the most.
The one he went after like a bully in heat, or a rabid animal. The one he allowed to be tortured in a place like Guantanamo, even though he was a child soldier.
The one he demonized to please his bloodthirsty bigot base, suck up their sucker dollars, and pleasure his inner demons. While muzzling that young Canadian for almost ten years, and never letting us hear his story.
So I'm glad to see that the Liberal government may finally be preparing to end this monstrous travesty of justice.
The federal Liberals are reconsidering the government’s position on Omar Khadr’s case and may not fight the ruling that let the former Guantanamo Bay prisoner go free earlier this year, according to his lawyer.
At the time of his release, the Conservative government of the day condemned the ruling and vowed to appeal it. But according to Khadr’s longtime attorney, Dennis Edney, the government has since requested that the deadline for submitting appeal arguments be delayed.
Edney said the reason government lawyers sought the delay is that they were considering whether to oppose Khadr’s bail.
And one can only hope that the Liberals move as quickly as possible to scrap that appeal. For there is nothing to consider, Khadr's ordeal has gone on for too long.
And he deserves a chance to rebuild his life, and become the healer he has always wanted to be.
Edney reported that Khadr is “doing well” outside of prison, and is attending university as well as taking “ambulance courses.” “He’s using his time in a most productive and progressive manner,” he said.
Which considering what happened to him...
Couldn't be more inspiring.
There's also another reason I want the Liberals to move quickly. And that's because I believe that we all owe Khadr something.
For when Canadians finally got a chance to see and hear from that young Canadian Stephen Harper had demonized as a monster...
It was immediately obvious who was the nice guy.
And who was the real monster...
And I don't think Harper ever quite recovered from that.
So when he set out to demonize others...
Even in Quebec, where support for a niqab ban was strong, but so was support for Khadr, it did not win him votes.
So yes, free Omar as soon as possible.
End his nightmare and Canada's shame.
Let's hope he sues Harper for every dollar he has.
And that in the court of history at least.
The monstrous bully is the one who ends up wearing the orange jump suit...
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