PDA

View Full Version : Rex Murphy: Trudeau must explain how Khadr payout was ever the honourable option



Billythreefeathers
07-14-2017, 11:48 AM
Rex Murphy: Trudeau must explain how Khadr payout was ever the honourable option

Canadian soldiers, especially those wounded in Afghanistan, must be asking which of them has been so distinguished with a cash bonanza for doing the right thing by their country?

http://nationalpost.com/opinion/rex-murphy-trudeau-must-explain-how-khadr-payout-was-ever-the-honourable-option/wcm/4b10bfa6-0e42-407e-9fa8-edff40b9e073

The Khadr stew still simmers.

“The measure of a just society is not whether we stand up for people’s rights when it’s easy or popular to do so, it’s whether we recognize rights when it’s difficult, when it’s unpopular.” That was Justin Trudeau’s initial public response last week in Ireland. The settlement was primarily a matter of national honour.

Well, if the settlement — amount and apology — is really a case of doing the honourable and virtuous thing, regardless of public sentiment, why has the Prime Minister not highlighted the decision, boldly stood up and clearly stated the thinking behind the government’s actions?

Instead, the Khadr settlement reached Canadian ears, as I wrote earlier, by a leak between our Canada Day celebrations and Trudeau’s trip out of the country. A time chosen for least impact and greatest distraction.

Honour doesn't hide or speak from behind a curtain

Honour doesn’t hide or speak from behind a curtain. If our “just society” is proud of doing the right thing when “it’s difficult,” why hasn’t the Prime Minister, on so central a subject, dedicated one specific appearance to explaining it?


This week, back on Canadian soil, the rationale has shifted. Trudeau, again:

“If we had continued to fight this, not only would we have inevitably lost, but estimates range from $30-40 million that it would have ended up costing the government.”

Last week, it was national honour at stake. This week, it’s expediency. We settled not for virtue’s sake but for the money. Honour and expediency are not twins, however much the latter likes to dress as the former.

Last week, it was national honour at stake. This week, it's expediency. The decision is now presented as an inevitability

This week, the decision is presented as an inevitability. “Had we continued to fight” we would have “inevitably lost.” A very strange statement for a civil action, any court action.

No court case has an inevitable outcome. Inevitable outcomes would obviate the need for courts in the first place. God forbid, and let the heavens fall, we wouldn’t need lawyers either.

That which is “inevitable” invites no considerations of either the Charter or honour. Fate rules all. This week’s comments explode last week’s rationale.

Trudeau’s performance to date suggests a politician auditioning his responses, trying to find the one to match the country’s mood, rather more than a person convinced of his own choices.

Trudeau's performance to date suggests a politician auditioning his responses, trying to find the one to match the country's mood

It also suggests he doesn’t know why the public is angry. There are three “actors” in the Khadr story. In order of influence and importance, they are: (a) his family, (b) the Americans, and (c) the Canadian government.

By far the main reason Khadr was in Afghanistan, in the firefight, and for that matter in Guantanamo, was (a) his own family, father, mother and sister. It was his father, Osama bin Laden’s friend, that made him the child soldier. He wasn’t kidnapped in some civil war as are the majority of these unfortunates. He was designed by his own parent to be such. That’s a distinguishing feature of this case.

The Americans, our allies, had him in Guantanamo, and by their lights very rightly. He killed one of their soldiers, a medic; they saved him and fixed his eyes. And, however long he was there, they consented to his repatriation.

So people are wondering, why is the Canadian government, the least responsible party, the one making the huge cash settlement and public apologies?

Then there’s us, the Canadians, last on the scale. So people are wondering, of this trinity of causes, why is the Canadian government, the least responsible of the three, the one making the huge cash settlement and public apologies? They are further enflamed when they ask, very legitimately: was release from Guantanamo, repatriation, full return of citizenship and escape from all penalty, and a cleansing apology, not “reparation” enough?

And finally, not to avoid a matter that should not be avoided, Canadian soldiers, especially those wounded in Afghanistan from IEDs, must be asking which of them has been so distinguished with a cash bonanza for doing the right thing by their country? Why someone, who at the very least, regardless of his “child soldier” status, killed an allied solider, and possibly was complicit in the wounding of Canadian soldiers, receives Prime Ministerial absolution and a vast cash reward.

They sense a drastic incompatibility between the treatment many of them have received and Khadr’s situation. This is the greatest gap in the government’s explanation so far.

These are some of the reasons why people are angry. The Prime Minister has not addressed these questions. If it’s all about honour and how a just society acts, he will.

Billythreefeathers
07-14-2017, 11:48 AM
I love Rex

Steveo9mm
07-14-2017, 12:20 PM
transparant government. HA

Strewth
07-14-2017, 12:25 PM
transparant government. HA
Their moral compass is certainly paper thin.

Swingerguy
07-14-2017, 12:40 PM
Damn right

Mark-II
07-14-2017, 02:21 PM
The liberal echo chamber is full of child soldier this and his father that and Muh Charturr. They've all forgotten the tissue thin reason for the judgement itself in their bid to absolve and martyr this murderer.

Liberalism = mental disorder

daus
07-14-2017, 03:18 PM
100% agree it needs to be public explained. I can understand some of it but chit, what a mess.

We need more Rex commentaries. He kept CBC from swinging too far.

Canada_Phil
07-14-2017, 03:33 PM
Wow!!....

The Stuttering Prince was just RATTLED by a reporters Kadhr related question live on CBC during a live q&a at the US Governer's meeting ahead of the NAFTA re-negotiations.

Wow.... priceless!!... You could just see the life being sucked out of him as the smug smiles were wiped from his face!!

Beautiful.

PS.. and in a response to a direct a question he admitted that he had not (ever) reached out to Kadhr's victims and when asked about PM Harper having done so all he could muster in response was "I have no comment on that"

Lee Enfield
07-14-2017, 03:45 PM
I am positive Moonbeam could stumble for a good 10 minutes attempting a 10 second explanation of why he and his ILK did this.

Ballsofice
07-14-2017, 09:03 PM
Rex Murphy one of the, if not the only sane voice inside the CBC and the only reasons to watch cbc news these days.