Thursday, August 7, 2008

A frustrated Dallaire Makes his Case in D.C.

This is from embassymag.
The media spotlight has definitely turned away from Omar Khadr at the moment. Dallaire was no doubt correct that he would get nowhere in Ottawa. It would be interesting if Dallaire were actually able to get the Americans to offer to send Khadr back to Canada. That is about as likely though as his having success in Ottawa.

A Frustrated Dallaire Makes His Case in D.C.
By Jeff DavisFrustrated that his efforts north of the 49th are being met with government indifference, Senator Romeo Dallaire has brought his fight to free Omar Khadr from Gauntanamo Bay prison to Washington. Mr. Dallaire told Chatter House that after Supreme Court decisions, Senate motions, parliamentary committee reports and letters urging Mr. Khadr's repatriation to Canada failed to force the government's hand, he felt he had exhausted all options in Ottawa. But Mr. Dallaire said he found many a sympathetic ear last week in D.C. He said American lawmakers expressed shock, disappointment and dismay that Canada would leave Mr. Khadr at Gitmo. These days, he said, the only folks in Washington who support the military prison are the isolated remnants of the Bush Administration. "They demonstrated absolute surprise," he said. "Surprise at the fact that Canada has not asked to get that guy back. They want to close the goddamned place. Even the presidential candidates want the place closed. "Their parliamentarians are surprised at what the hell we're doing: they expect us to be better than that," the former UN peacekeeping general continued. "They interpret it as going along with the Bush Administration's illegal process of prosecuting the war on terror and they are against it, and that's what they're trying to stymie." During his two-day visit to the marbled capital, Mr. Dallaire met with Mr. Khadr's U.S. Navy lawyer Lt.-Cmdr. William Kuebler and officials at the State Department. On the congressional side, the senator touched base with Democratic Massachusetts Representative William Delahunt, chair of the Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight, and Democratic New York Representative Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Subcommittee. Since the Harper government is hesitating, Mr. Dallaire said, he urged the Americans to "offer him up." He said that a plea bargain could clear the way for Mr. Khadr to be returned to Canada to face charges under Canada's anti-terrorism laws. To help press his case, Mr. Dallaire will be testifying before the two aforementioned committees sometime in September. Mr. Dallaire says he will make the case that the international laws protecting child soldiers are at stake.

1 comment:

American Muslim, not Muslim-American said...

Hypocrisy of the "Repatriate Omar Khadr to Canada" Movement

As soon as the Gitmo interrogation tape of Omar Khadr hit the Internet, the blogosphere was flooded with demands to repatriate him to Canada. This wave is reminiscent of a Soviet campaign to free Luis Corvalán from the "fascist regime" of Augusto Pinochet thirty five years ago. The scenario is strikingly similar. A "victim" held by "fascist regimes" this time run by Bush and Harper, and a public outcry for justice. Except for the fact that Luis Corvalán didn't kill anyone and didn't fight for a terrorist group that wants to impose Sharia.

The "repatriate Khadr" crowd describes him as "a child", "a kid", "a boy", and even "a torture victim", with no facts to substantiate the torture claims notwithstanding. They complain about Khadr being mistreated, again, without anything to back up their claims. Some of them are outraged about "child abuse." And they all scream for justice.

They want justice? OK, let's talk about JUSTICE. What about justice for Sgt. First Class Christopher J. Speer, who was (according to an eyewitness) murdered by this "child"? What about justice for Tabitha Speer, who is a widow because of this "kid"? What about justice for Taryn and Tanner Speer, who are left without a father by this "a boy"? And what about all those Afghani civilians and NATO troops who are a little bit safer because this "torture victim" is behind bars? How many of these "repatriate Khadr" hypocrites concern themselves with justice for real victims? In literally hundreds of posts, we couldn't find a single one.

One would ask, what is the reason for this idiocy? The answer is simple. Ignorance. Complete and utter ignorance. Let's forget for a second that Omar Khadr killed Christopher Speer. Let's forget that Khadr's father was an al Qaeda financier. Let's forget that Khadr's family is known for it being al Qaeda sympathizers. Let's just remember what this "child" was fighting for in Afghanistan.

This is what Taliban-imposed Sharia looks like in real life:

Why don't all of you, bleeding heart demagogues go to Afghanistan and spend a day in a Taliban-controlled territory? And let's talk about Khadr when you get back. If you get back.