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.