Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Guantanamo Disgrace

The shocking video of 16 year old Omar Khadr under interrogation by Canadian intelligence agents in violation of his child status and in complete violation of UN's convention on child soldiers is a shame for humanity. Some of Khadr's wounds were still raw and seeping even though he was captured several months prior to this interrogation. The unconscionable comment by a Canadian interrogator that "you are receiving pretty good medical treatment" has shocked most Canadians. In fact the entire world is shocked as can be gauged from the linked article:

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,3489205,00.html

The Canadian interrogation was chilling enough but it was probably a great deal more civilized than what American interrogators would have subjected Khadr and others inmates to. Thank God for Canadians courts giving us an insight to this hell hole called Guantanamo. Stephen Harper needs to step up to his responsibility and have Khadr brought back to Canadian judicial system.

Guantanamo is George Bush's shame and this is his legacy. It is time to shut it down. The military tribunals are a farce. If the inmates are guilty of terrorist acts, try them under criminal law and if innocent, let them go.

7 comments:

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: http://muslimsagainstsharia.blogspot.com/2000/07/hypocrisy-of-repatriate-omar-khadr-to.html

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.

Ajaz Haque said...

Indeed the death of a soldier is sad and George Bush should be asked to account for 4,000 deaths in Iraq for an illegal war.

In Khadr case, it has now been established that there was no eye witness and the evidence reluctantly produced by prosecution was tampered with to strengthen its case. According to papers released by prosecution there was another boy in the room with Khadr (who was killed) and the grenade could have been thrown by either one of them, but there was no eye witness.

If the inmates at Guantanamo are guilty, they should be tried and punished ACCORDING TO THE LAW and not according to the law of jungle. Khadr was 15 at the time and according to international rules state that he be treated as a child soldier.

American Muslim, not Muslim-American said...

Disregarding your idiotic assertions, i.e., illegal war, etc., "If the inmates at Guantanamo are guilty, they should be tried and punished ACCORDING TO THE LAW" Well, ACCORDING TO THE LAW, enemy combatant (this fact is undisputed) could be held until the cessation of hostilities. Then, he must be charged or released.

Ajaz Haque said...

Iraq war was illegal as it was never sanctioned by the United Nations. Geneva Convention defines rules of engagement in a war and the category 'Enemy Combatant' does not exist. It was coined by that idiotic senile Rumsfeld who said "I doubt if the war will last six months".

So I suggest you check your facts.

American Muslim, not Muslim-American said...

"Iraq war was illegal as it was never sanctioned by the United Nations."

Bullshit. UN resolution #678 sanctioned Iraq war.

"Geneva Convention defines rules of engagement in a war and the category 'Enemy Combatant' does not exist."

That is correct, but you seem to be too fucking dumb to realize that Khadr does not fall under any category defined by the GC, hence new category had to be created. (Not because you're dumb, because it did not exist).

98rsd said...

God, the incredible hostility of the posters...

Living up to the US Constitution and the Geneva Convention (which we signed) is in the US interest. The Founding Fathers (whom the Right pretend to revere) didn't say "but ignore the law when things are difficult."

Guanatanamo is a national disgrace.

Ajaz Haque said...

98rsd, I agree with you entirely.