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Whipping Sticks for Canadians

Tue, July 11, 2017   |   Author: Vicki Gunn   |   Volume 24    Issue 28   

On Friday, July 7, 2017, Canadian veterans in Halifax protested the settlement given to Omar Khadr by our Canadian government.

In order to understand, we need to step back a few years to the “War Against Terror” fought in Afghanistan. Sept 11, 2001 had just happened. Just short of 3,000 innocent people had died as a result of a terrorist attack by the supporters of Osama Bin Laden. The United States and allies, including Canada, went to war to ensure such an attack didn’t happen again.

With this information, the Khadr family headed to Afghanistan to support the other side of the war effort. They fought alongside of our enemies. They were traitors! You can read more about it in our Speaks Out from Friday.

During Friday’s protest by Canadian vets, Jay Tofflemire said, “I fought for this country. My family fights for this country and I feel like we’re being slapped in the face.”

Minister of Public Safety, Ralph Goodale, said “It is not about the battlefield in Afghanistan. It was about the acts or omissions of the Canadian government after Mr. Khadr was captured and detained.”

Thank you, Mr Goodale, I’m sure the vets, whom our government sent, on behalf of Canadians, to fight for our country, in a war in which the traitor Khadr family fought on our enemy’s side, feel much encouraged that their post-war health issues are also not about the battlefield.

Tell Major Mark Campbell, who after returning legless from Afghanistan, had to fight the Canadian government for his military pension. Is that not “the acts or omissions of the Canadian government?”

A Globe and Mail investigation last year revealed the increase of number of “soldiers and veterans who have died by suicide after returning from the mission to 62.”

Our vets had to fight for help with this. Is failing to care for our vets mental health as a result of their deployment part of “the acts or omissions of the Canadian government.”

Can any of us forget that our Canadian veterans were forced to seek justice by publicly protesting to get action from our government on veteran’s issues… all the while, our government continued to cut services to our vets.

The shame of our country is that those who have fought for and defended our country have to fight for every pittance they receive from our government whereas, to a person who killed and maimed our allies and assembled the improvised explosive devices (IED) that may have caused our vets both emotional and physical harm, our government offers an apology and makes him a multi-millionaire.

“I was just following orders” was a defence that was not accepted at the Nuremberg Trials after World War 2. It should never have been accepted in Caledonia, ON, where the police turned a blind eye to intimidation, assault and other crimes by native protestors. Nor should it be accepted by Canadians as a defence for Omar Khadr. Canadians did not owe him a cent. He was an enemy combatant and as such should be treated as any other enemy combatant. And when his time in prison is up in 2018, (Whoops! That’s right! He was released years before his sentence was served), then he will be deemed to have fulfilled his debt to society. He owed a huge debt to society, not the other way around.

It’s time for some common sense in the government of this country. If the courts are violating the rights of all Canadians in favour of one Canadian, the justices should be reprimanded or removed. They are not the elected government; they are not the elected handlers of Canadian tax dollars; they are not the whipping sticks required to chastise all Canadians. They are appointed by the government to fulfill a specific function. Judging those charged with offences according to the law as it is written.

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