Tuesday, January 5, 2010

So stephen harper is Above the Law is he?

In response to my stated desire to see stephen harper and all the relevant cabinet ministers in the harpercon government put behind bars for their complicity in war crimes, many, many, many people are convinced that it'll never happen.

Given the fact that ignorance is no defence against war crimes, and given the fact that the whole harpercon shtick has been to create the illusion that they didn't know what was going on, t'would appear that we have an open-and-shut-case that harper is guilty of war crimes. Richard Colvin's series of warnings, numerous newspaper articles, complaints from the International Committee of the Red Cross, and so forth, all of these things were enough evidence for any government genuinely concerned about human rights and its legal obligations under international law to begin serious investigation into what appears to be an appalling situation.

There really is nothing to do debate here.

The government says that it did nothing wrong but refuses to turn over the evidence that would supposedly exonerate them, going so far as to demonstrate contempt for parliament by ignoring its demand for said evidence, and then going further and proroguing parliament to shut-down the committee investigating these allegations.

There is nothing to debate here.

Any other accused party that refused to reveal evidence, all the while claiming that the evidence proves their innocence, would be laughed at and then held in contempt, and then convicted.

But supposedly in something as clear as this, our political system, our justice system, our collective values as a society are nothing in the face of the awesome power of that rotund, dead-eyed, oil-industry shill, stephen harper and the rest of his gang of idiots and closet-cases.

Let's shrug our shoulders, accept that in Canada, prime ministers can get away with war crimes (even if they have to shut down parliament to do so), and move on. Let's shrug our shoulders and agree that the majority of Canadians don't give a shit about war crimes. About EIGHT YEARS OF DEATH AND FAILURE AND WAR CRIMES IN AFGHANISTAN. About this clear expansion of executive power.

Let's agree that there's nothing that we can do. That the Canadian people are so selfish and apathetic that not even this will stir them.

Oh yes, and then let's agree to continue to petition these murderous psychopaths to care about the homeless and then environment, ... or else. [Or else nothing.] And let's agree to continue bitching and whining about the Canadian electorate on our echo-chamber blogs and discussion boards while wondering out loud when they'll ever change.

Some sorta related stuff: The dictators in Honduras have increased their rate of killings now that the powerful countries have contributed to the lie that the coup-sponsored election was legitimate and the crisis is moot.

Most of the countries in the Organization of American States have refused to accept this bullshit election and this bullshit government. Canada is an exception. Canada's government happily acquiesced to the coup and now recognizes the new government.

Because stephen harper is an amoral, psychopathic corporate shill who doesn't give a fuck about the people murdered by Latin American death squads.

And we could bring him down with these war crimes in Afghanistan. But we won't, because we can't, and ain't nothing gonna change that.

12 comments:

Mentarch said...

"And we could bring him down with these war crimes in Afghanistan. But we won't, because we can't, and ain't nothing gonna change that. ""

And yet we have to ... for it is a matter of life and death for the soul of our country.

Otherwise, might as well call ourselves Americans and be done finally with this "Canadian experiment" of ours.

no_blah_blah_blah said...

I am almost certain that any attempt on prosecute Harper with regards to war crimes must start from within Canada. The Security Council (with two permanent members being the U.S. and U.K.) could shackle the ICC.

This is the time for Canadians to fight for Canada's soul.

I suggested to my MP that the Opposition meet at the previously scheduled reconvening of Parliament (January 25). At the very least, it would be a symbolic demonstration against Harper's abuse of executive power. Ideally, the Opposition could work together to prepare for the next Parliamentary session. The next session has to go like clockwork to get as much done as possible (assuming the Conservatives don't trigger an election... then, it's up to the public). I expect more prorogation if polls don't show much Conservative support.

thwap said...

There are national protests planned for January 23rd.

Do we want some direct action to put physical pressure on the harpercons to return, or will it be a process of waking up the majority of the people to the gravity of the situation?

The soul of our country up for grabs.

no_blah_blah_blah said...

Protests (especially if they end up being large and widespread) are a good start. If the Opposition were to meet, it would only add to any momentum built by the protests. Unfortunately, the Liberals under Ignatieff have decided to cement themselves as the most complacent Official Opposition in Canadian history.

Regardless, I hope that the NDP and Bloc meet with whatever Liberal (and even Conservative) members who are willing to convene. This is the time for concerted action using all avenues available.

no_blah_blah_blah said...

And now I have to eat my words. Geez, Mr. Ignatieff... please just make up your mind and stick with it...

Well, this is one instance where I'm glad to be wrong. :)

no_blah_blah_blah said...

Sorry for spamming, once again, but I should add that Ignatieff should still have all of the Opposition meet (and not just meet with his own caucus). Still, one step at a time...

thwap said...

No blah,

You ain't spamming. Thanks for the head's up!

no_blah_blah_blah said...

No problem!

I'm starting to like where this is going. Gandhi once said, "First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win."

Stage 1: The Conservatives act like a majority government, ignoring Parliamentary motions, Supreme Court orders, etc.

Stage 2: People are laughing at the Facebook group against the prorogation, saying that it amounts to a small percentage of the population. This is where we are now.

I'm getting a feeling that the protests will be a success. That's when stage 3 begins, and the Conservatives and their supporters sense that this is for real and begin to fight tooth and nail. That's when we have to fight for our views as hard as we can as well. The Opposition parties (I'm looking especially at you, Liberals) better not let Canadians down.

Then we win, according to Gandhi, who beat the British Empire. ;)

Okay, the situations aren't exactly analogous (Gandhi shrugged off an empire... we're just fighting an abuse of executive power). Still, I'm feeling the most optimistic in a while.

Anonymous said...

A False Flag "terror" event at the Vancouver Olympics will have the couch warmers in Canada begging Steve to become emperor for life and strip off the last threads of our freedoms for the illusion of "security".

Do not rule it out.

thwap said...

Anonymous,

I wish we could rule it out. But who knows what this wannabe-despot will resort to!

Wayne said...
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thwap said...

Seriously wayne, fuck off.