July 16, 2008

Omar Khadr & Jon Benet

I often remark that some of the best writers around will never get published, while much swill is rewarded mightily. I consider myself neither, for anyone debating hopping on.

The Omar Khadr issue is a brilliant, terrifying flashpoint for much that has happened since 9/11. The Toronto Star's Michelle Shephard has spent years on this case, and her recently published book is nowhere near the end of the discussion.

In a most unexpected forum, I found this. Read this beautifully balanced piece on this issue by an anonymous poster in Craigslist. Yeah, that's right. That hotbed of crap-on-a-stick rants produced this.

Earlier today came this piece from Slate on Jon Benet Ramsay by William Saletan. Her family has been officially cleared in her death. Remember when everyone was so certain her parents killed her? Or her brother? Remember? Everyone playing judge and jury based on headlines and photos and their long distance gut feelings?

Both pieces lend a sane voice to a contentious issue - justice. We think it's there. We think it rides the leading pony. We think we are entitled to it, and we think we will receive it.

Think again.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lt.C. Ralph Peters on Omar Khadr Gitmo Tape: "We should have killed that punk on a battlefield where it was legal to do so!"

Watch video at http://muslimsagainstsharia.blogspot.com/2008/07/ltc-ralph-peters-on-omar-khadr-gitmo.html

July 16, 2008 10:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous 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.

July 19, 2008 1:21 PM  

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