Saturday, November 3, 2007

Where does Harper stand against Musharraf

Pervez Musharraf -- the alleged "ally" in South Asia against terrorism, has imposed a state of emergency and fired Pakistan's chief justice knowing the country's Supreme Court was days away from saying that he couldn't serve as President and military Chief of Staff at the same time. Independent media outlets were taken off the air and the country's under martial law -- again.

The country's President says the country is facing instability. It's been like that for years and this is only going to take things worse. The world has rightly condemned the action, as it should.

What has Canada done so far? A terse statement from the Foreign Minister, Maxime Bernier, but nothing from the PM. Silence. Just the same kind of silence from Harper's office about Canadians sitting on death rows in democratic countries, Canadians who in many cases had their treaty and due process rights violated by overzealous law enforcement agents and prosecutors.

The only conclusion I can reach is that Harper thinks democracy is only for white people. And if Musharraf can get away with declaring martial law, Harper will figure out a way too -- minority Parliament be damned.

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Borges said...

That's a stupid conclusion to draw. And in terms of himan rights, M. Harper did extend an offer of honourary citizenshiop to Ms. Suu Kyi in Burma.

BlastFurnace said...

Key word being honourary . It doesn't mean anything other than a symbolic gesture. We need more than that from our PM.