Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Jason Kenney: Conservative Debating Team President

Romeo Dallaire was testifying before the Subcommittee on International Human Rights yesterday on the matter of Omar Khadr. In addition to the obvious argument that Khadr was a child soldier and you just don't prosecute child soldiers, he made the equally obvious point (well, obvious to most of us) that if you trample on human rights and flout the rule of law, the difference between you and your enemies might start getting a little blurry.

"The minute you start playing with human rights, with conventions, with civil liberties, in order to say that you're doing it to protect yourself and you are going against those rights and conventions, you are no better than the guy who doesn't believe in them at all," he said.

"We are slipping down the slope of going down that same route."

Now, you wouldn't think that it would even be possible to argue against a position recognized as unarguable by international law and every civilized nation on earth, as defended by one of the most respected individuals in the country.


Well, leave it to Jason Kenney to pull this extraordinary feat of faulty logic out of his ass:

"Is it your testimony that al-Qaida strapping up a 14-year-old girl with Down syndrome and sending her into a pet market to be remotely detonated is the moral equivalent to Canada's not making extraordinary political efforts for a transfer of Omar Khadr to this country?"

Lovely. Not only is he a) completely misrepresenting what Dallaire said, and b) pulling out random hysterical "you support the terrorists!!!" crap - he's actually using the example of an atrocity that turned out to be utter bullshit.

Note to Jason: this is what happens when you get all your current affairs briefings from Fox News, ya fricking moron!

Inexplicably, instead of ridiculing Kenney and standing next to Dallaire on the high ground, Dion is actually buying into the spin and trying to distance himself from Dallaire's remarks.

Sad. Very sad. Pathetic, actually.

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