Thursday, July 10, 2008

At least Canada's kangaroo courts do not torture people

Canada supposedly has its kangaroo courts through the various federal and provincial human rights commissions; the United States has its kangaroo court at Guantanamo. Prime Minister Harper supports the Gitmo kangaroo court and the US military jurisdiction to torture and try a Canadian citizen.

The problem with Omar Khadr is that he does not have blond hair, blue eyes, and peachy-white skin like many other Canadians. If Khadr's family were devout peachy-white Christians and if Omar had converted to Islam, he would have been back on Canadian soil several years ago.

The problem with Khadr is that he is the wrong kind of Canadian.

3 comments:

Scott said...

You make a very important point...for sure, if Khadr was white and Christian, the minions of the Canadian state would be working overtime to make sure he was back in Canada before you could say "white supremacy."

I would suggest, though, that the comparison with human rights commissions is a bit silly. The much better comparison to the Gitmo kangaroo court is Canada's national security certificate process.

Skinny Dipper said...

I should have clarified that several conservative bloggers have called the various human rights commissions, kangaroo courts. It took some time before the government got Brenda Martin out of Mexico. She's back in Canada now. Her hair may be greyer but her skin still looks white to me.

I do understand that countries have different court systems. I would have no problem with anyone being tried in a US military court so long as the accused is given the same rights as any charged US soldier and with the right not to be tortured. That is not the case with Khadr and other prisoners at Gitmo. I use "prisoner" instead of the White House "detainee."

For Harper to accept the juridiction of the Gitmo military court with prisoners being tortured for evidence means that he accepts the torture of Canadians.

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