Wednesday, 16 July 2008
Surprise surprise Bush’s lapdog (Harper) will not do anything for the only person from a western country that is still being held in Guantanamo Bay.
Omar Khadr is a young Canadian who fought with the Taliban. He was only 15 when captured in a firefight in 2002. He is being accused of throwing a grenade that killed an American medic.
However you want to look at it, whether you consider him guilty or not he needs to be brought home to Canada to stand trial. I believe that if he is held in a Canadian prison, he at the very least will not be tortured. Under this government he may not get a fair trial but at least he will be out of the hand of the Americans.
In the last few days it has come to light that Harper and his government have known all along that Omar Khadr has been tortured. He has been at the very least, sleep-deprived for weeks on end and has for a time not been permitted to remain in any one location for more than three hours.
Harper being the arrogant dipshit that he is has ignored all calls from human rights groups, the government opposition, and the people of Canada to have Omar Khadr repatriated to Canada to face justice.
If you believe that a Canadian person whether innocent or guilty needs to have the backing of the Canadian government to be brought home and tried here than call your local Member of Parliament.
In my mind I am assuming that he probably is guilty of being in a situation over his head, of believing in something that he was taught while still in diapers, of throwing a grenade.
On the other hand I can never forget the images of another little war (Iraq) and the prisoners that were held in another little prison (Abu Ghraib) by a bunch of sadistic bastards.
I want him back in Canada, but even more than that I want all of the Canadian soldiers returned to Canada and taken away from a war that they will never win. From a war zone that the Russians couldn’t win in when they were at their military best.
War is never ever the answer; it makes boys killers and boys dead.
I believe that if you keep the politicians out of it, Canada is still a country of the 90% truth. Therefore I believe that Omar Khadr will be fairly tried in Canada.
“A hundred rabbits will never make a horse; a hundred suspicions will never make a proof.” ~~ Fyodor Dostoevsky ~~