Do the right thing?
And just when in his entire career – except for events in Haiti where he would have appeared a fiend had he not responded – has Mr Harper done the right thing?
The Supreme Court had no choice here, and I think their decision a wise one.
The government has been complicit in denying a boy his rights, and in so doing, they assisted the buzz-cut thugs at Guantanamo in torturing a boy. (I remind readers that this poor boy had been shot, twice in the back, by American soldiers. He was tortured while these ghastly wounds slowly healed.)
The ethical and legal issues are clear here. There are no ambiguities.
But legality and ethics mean little to power-driven, compulsive personality like Harper.
Had the Supreme Court attempted to order a remedy, it would have pitched the country into a constitutional crisis.
They have done what they can in making it as clear as it can be that Harper has denied a Canadian the most basic rights.
That’s the kind of man we call our prime minister, a politician who has done more than any other in memory to shame Canada and lower its former fine reputation in the world.
“Your boy’s buddies DELIBERATELY targeted their own children.”
That is simply ignorant beyond belief.
Since when are the acts of an accused judged by those of anyone else, whether known or unknown?
And, Good Lord, if we’re talking about targeting children, Israel just killed 400 of them. Has any Israeli soldier or general or politician been charged with anything?
This young man was fifteen when he was shot, arrested, and tortured.
And we now have evidence to a certainty that he did not even do what he was accused of.
But even if he had, so what?
America has sent thousands of mercenaries and idealists to various wars over the decades, going back to the Spanish Civil War.
Were they all to be tortured and held indefinitely in prison for their acts?
Moreover, he was a child, one pressed by ideological parents, and the United States and Canada are signatories to international conventions on child soldiers.
Clive G, no wonder you don’t sign your name to your opinions. That’s pretty well what one expects from the cowardly with savage ideas.