by: Obert Madondo | @Obiemad:
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Israel’s Haaretz newspaper is one of my favorite global publications. That’s because, on both domestic and global issues, it’s editorial policy is centre-left and refreshingly progressive. Haaretz is the place to go for an Israeli voice that’s against the apartheid-style occupation of Palestinian land and inhuman treatment of Arab citizens.
Surely this has got to be the ultimate Tale of Two Nazanins. Better still, Of Denial And The Tale of Two Nazanin Afshin-Jam MacKays.
The brand new wife of Conservative Defence Minister Peter MacKay is fuming. She accuses a journalist baiting her to criticize the Harper Government on the Omar Khadr issue.
She even says Jim Day, the Guardian journalist who penned the story in which she said the former Afghan combatant should be returned to Canada, distorted her views. He used duplicitous methods to elicit her comments, she claims. He interviewed her while she was Charlottetown to speak at a Progressive Conservative Association dinner.
Let’s take a look at the former Miss World Canada’s exact words, shall we:
“Omar Khadr was a child when he was involved in combat under the UN [United Nations] definition and so we should abide by the international laws and rules that we expect of other countries as well.” AND: “So I’m not saying that he shouldn’t be kept in prison, but definitely I think it’s time to bring him back to Canada. He was a Canadian citizen and he can be tried here or looked after here in terms of how long his sentence is going to be or what is going to be his fate.”
Bravo! Afshin-Jam MacKay spoke from inside the heart of a “human rights activist”. She nailed it – the bit about how Canada “should abide by the international laws” and Khadr being a “Canadian citizen” and how “definitely” it’s time…
What’s driving her to disown her own words now? Did Peter MacKay receive a call from the powerful and dictatorship-modeled Prime Minister’s Office (PMO)? A call that warned him to tell her to zip it or else he risks being demoted during the next cabinet reshuffle. Her self-denial has got to have something to do with national politics. The case of the political nuking the personal.
After all, the Conservatives have delayed the Guantanamo prisoner’s repatriation for nine months now. And, we should expect the Conservatives to delay the process even further. On July 19, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews wrote U.S. Defence Secretary Leon Panetta requesting unedited and uncensored video footage of Khadr’s psychiatric interviews. Apparently, the Conservatives need the footage before they can make a decision.
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