Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Khadr subcommittee weighs in

Some relatively heartening news on the Khadr front in the sense that Parliament is now on record in the form of the subcommittee report on Khadr's continued detention at Guantanamo Bay. The opposition has called for Khadr's repatriation and the Conservatives oppose it. Now for history's sake, the record is officially clear.

Notably, the Conservative line hews to the Bush global war on terror philosophy:

The dissenting opinion also provides more insight on the government's deep opposition to bringing Mr. Khadr home – Conservative members usually respond to questions about the detained Canadian with one or more of a handful of pre-approved talking points.

Mr. Khadr could become a litmus test on Canada's commitment to impeding global terrorism and the results of our actions today could result in consequences that are not in the long-term interest of the country,” the dissenting opinion states.

In the face of the numerous rulings that have exposed the problems with Guantanamo's legal proceedings, to maintain such general platitudes is wildly out of step with those realities. Khadr is a former fifteen year old child soldier, he's hardly the case upon which the government should rest the nation's global outlook on how to address terrorist threats. And it's funny how all other western nations have reached exactly the opposite conclusion to that of the Conservatives.

Khadr's case is proceeding, tomorrow.