|I'm not always a cynic - really, I'm not (hope revives)
||[Jun. 4th, 2009|02:42 pm]
In other news, I've come across a couple of things that remind me the world isn't entirely going to hell in a bicycle pannier.|
The first, of course, was Barack Obama's speech in Cairo much earlier today. As some of you may remember, I've been getting increasingly perturbed by what I think are some serious missteps on the part of the new American administration, but his speech was like nothing I ever imagined a sitting American President would ever make.
Nuanced, historically-accurate ("In the middle of the Cold War, the United States played a role in the overthrow of a democratically elected Iranian government."!!!), it was at once a multi-faceted call to sanity without wasting time either with meaningless apologies or blustery threats.
Maybe he's the real deal after all. Every one of you should take 15 minutes out of your busy days and read the whole transcript.
Meanwhile, on the merely local front, some more good news.
The Federal Court of Canada has made the right decision in the matter of Abousfian Abdelrazik, a Sudanese-Canadian who was — by all accounts, including the RCMP and CSIS — falsely accused of having links to Al Qaeda and arrested (and, I think, tortured) in Sudan six years ago.
|Dear Leader, Stephen Harpler
He's spent the last year living at the Canadian embassy in Khartoum, while our Dear Leader's (pictured at right, not exactly as shown) régime has been fighting tooth and slander to keep this Canadian citizen from coming home.
"Both the RCMP and Canadian Security Intelligence Service have cleared Abdelrazik of any terrorist connections, but the Conservative government refuses to issue him travel documents to return home because his name was added to a UN Security Council list banning travel for terrorist suspects."
However, "Federal Court Judge Russell Zinn wrote that Abdelrazik is a 'prisoner in a foreign land' and 'as much a victim of international terrorism as the innocent persons whose lives have been taken by recent barbaric acts of terrorists.'"
Our Dear Leader has claimed that United Nations no-fly rules are all that's keeping Mr. Abdelrazik from returning to his home in Montreal, but "Canadian media reports have quoted UN officials as saying Canada can repatriate Abdelrazik any time it wishes, whether or not his name is on the UN list."
No doubt, Prime Minister Harpler's government will be appealing this unconscionable ruling in favour human rights and the rule of law.