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Age is just a number


 

As noted by one of our astute commenters, there was a lengthy debate in the House yesterday on the matter of Omar Khadr. It’s too long to copy-and-paste, but the start of the discussion can be found here.

At one point, Deepak Obhrai, the parliament secretary for foreign affairs, ventures this explanation as to why his government doesn’t consider Khadr a child soldier.

As I have said, the opposition members have been raising issues here about child soldiers and Canada’s human rights record. As I stated in my intervention with the Bloc, I was in Burundi where I met child soldiers and looked into their eyes. I can tell members that the reason those guys were child soldiers was economic. It was not a war on terrorism. What we are facing out here was not based on ideology.


 

Age is just a number

  1. What does that have to do with age? If we worked on their theory, shouldn’t most adult criminals is impoverished states be then considered child soldiers?

    I just don’t get the logic here.

  2. That’s about a half-step removed from Bush looking in Putin’s eyes and being able to see what’s in his soul. Seriously, Harper government? Your policy in child soldiers is based on what Deepak Obhrai sees when he looks into the eyes of a child soldier in Burundi?

    • Or Palin looking across at Russia …
      Unbelievable!

  3. Or Palin looking across at Russia …
    Unbelievable!
    Oops…forgot to say great post! Looking forward to your next one.

  4. knowing that Canada is party to a child being harmed is shameful. by the conserv standard you can’t even have sex until 16 non?

    and Obrai is treating others who may be of similar origin ethnically or spiritually to the same “divide and conquer” tactic used by oppressors.

  5. knowing that Canada is party to a child being harmed and abused is shameful. by the conserv standard you can’t even have sex until 16 non (meaning you are a *child*)? last time i checked Khadr is a Canadian citizen subject to the same rights and “freedoms” we all have.

    tsk tsk…it happens in every minority or vulnerable group…always some sell-out willing to shill for “the man”.

    Obrai is treating others, who may be of similar origin ethnically or spiritually, to the same “divide and conquer” tactic used by oppressors. shame on him.

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