Harper (via Lawrence Cannon) bans the term "child soldier"

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Harper (via Lawrence Cannon) bans the term "child soldier"

I just heard this morning's Current on CBC and they were reporting on the banning of the term "child soldier" in Foreign Affairs.

This just as they take they start their Supreme Court challenge.

 

FA people are clashing with the Con staffers as they issue orders to stop using the term.

Michelle

Hopefully the staffers tell their Conservascum overlords to blow it out their asses.

Prophit

Child soldiers are a vile truth of the 21st century. Banning terms will not make it go away!

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

They have been a vile truth of every century for the past several millennia.

Prophit

Undeniably, one would only have hoped that by now we wouldn't be banning the word in the hope it goes away.

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

It's not being banned in the hope it goes away. Harper doesn't give a shit about child soldiers.

He's trying to pretend they don't exist, and that there are no [url=http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/crc-conflict.htm]international conventions[/url] on how civilized nations will deal with child soldiers, to which [url=http://treaties.un.org/Pages/ViewDetails.aspx?src=TREATY&mtdsg_no=IV-11-... has been a signatory since 2000[/url].

munroe

It isn't just the term "child soldier" but also includes the terms "gender equality" and humanitarian laws".

Perhaps even as much of a concern is the gag on ambassadors and the "editing" of releases, including altering facts.

 

http://embassymag.ca/page/view/foreignpolicy-7-29-2009

remind remind's picture

Canadians sick of them enough yet? Apparently not.

N.Beltov N.Beltov's picture

The only Canadian in the US torture camp in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba is one Omar Khadr. Khadr  was a child soldier when he was arrested by the US stormtroopers in Afghanistan some 7 years ago now. One way to avoid the embarrassment of doing nothing about a Canadian minor/child soldier in such a Yanqui torture camp is simply to deny that such things as child soldiers exist at all.

 

 

kathleen

http://embassymag.ca/page/view/tories_elected_foreign_policy-8-5-2009

 

According to our Mr. Cannon,

"We've been elected to govern the country and the government of Canada
puts forward, sets forward its objectives, its policy objectives as it
does in any other department. And it is up to the departments to
execute the policies that the Canadian population supported and
acknowledged by putting this government in place. And that is exactly
what we are doing."

This change in wording is to reflect a change in Canada's Foreign Policy.

Who Knew?

NDP Foreign Affairs critic, Paul Dewer seems to be the only voice of opposition. Not that I've heard it until now. So where are the Liberals on this? I find this alarming, horrifying ... so many implications.

 

remind remind's picture

They think a minority government gives them the right to change Canadian foreign policy?

N.Beltov N.Beltov's picture

I forgot to add that by banning the words "child soldier" from the vocabulary of Foreign Affairs, the government of Canada is saved the additional unpleasant task of explaining why they are doing nothing about the torture of minors and children in Guantanamo, in Afghanistan, in Israel, and in the many other places where the Empire has contracted out such activities. 

Yes, the government has saved itself many unpleasantries. However, they may have to stick their fingers in their ears to avoid hearing the screams, etc..

 

kathleen

remind wrote:

They think a minority government gives them the right to change Canadian foreign policy?

Yup. And apparently it does. No parliament required. No publicity required. All you have to do is get elected to change foreign policy. So it says in the Embassy magazine articles.

kathleen

N.Beltov wrote:

I forgot to add that by banning the words "child soldier" from the vocabulary of Foreign Affairs, the government of Canada is saved the additional unpleasant task of explaining why they are doing nothing about the torture of minors and children in Guantanamo, in Afghanistan, in Israel, and in the many other places where the Empire has contracted out such activities. 

Yes, the government has saved itself many unpleasantries. However, they may have to stick their fingers in their ears to avoid hearing the screams, etc..

 

I think these changes have a lot to do with Israel - crimes against humanity etc.

As far as sticking their fingers in their ears, remember Igantieff, during Israel's massacre of Lebanonese civilians, "didn't lose any sleep over it". Cons won't hear a thing.

 

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

N.Beltov wrote:

The only Canadian in the US torture camp in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba is one Omar Khadr. Khadr  was a child soldier when he was arrested by the US stormtroopers in Afghanistan some 7 years ago now. One way to avoid the embarrassment of doing nothing about a Canadian minor/child soldier in such a Yanqui torture camp is simply to deny that such things as child soldiers exist at all.

Let's be clear about one thing: There are no special rights attached to prisoners who are child soldiers that are not also attached to prisoners who are simply children.

Calling Omar Khadr a "child soldier" does nothing more to enhance his claim to special treatment than calling him a "child". That applies both in law and in public perception. 

Frmrsldr

N.Beltov wrote:

The only Canadian in the US torture camp in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba is one Omar Khadr. Khadr  was a child soldier when he was arrested by the US stormtroopers in Afghanistan some 7 years ago now. One way to avoid the embarrassment of doing nothing about a Canadian minor/child soldier in such a Yanqui torture camp is simply to deny that such things as child soldiers exist at all.

It is a George Bush/Dick Cheney/John Yoo move to narrow the interpretation of national laws in an attempt to make it look like they are not violating international laws.

You should go to the thread "Bring Omar Khadr home and set him free! Part 2". You might also find the DVD documentary "Taxi to the Dark Side" interesting.

Jaku

kathleen wrote:
 

I think these changes have a lot to do with Israel - crimes against humanity etc. 

I wondered how long it would take before Israel got blamed for this.

remind remind's picture

What are saying  Jaku? Do you think that Israel has not been inciting war in the ME and not conducting travesies against  Palestinian children?

Frmrsldr

M. Spector wrote:

Let's be clear about one thing: There are no special rights attached to prisoners who are child soldiers that are not also attached to prisoners who are simply children.

The rights associated with inmates in juvenile detention centers are matters determined by national laws and are one class of prisoner. Inmates who are child soldiers are another class of prisoner. There are international laws, agreements and protocols to which Canada and the U.S.A. are signatories that oulaw the abuse of children as soldiers ("child soldiers").

Because Omar Khadr was detained at age 15 first at Bagram and then GTMO, he was a child soldier and his detention was in contravention to international law. On this basis alone, Omar Khadr should never have been detained and sent to GTMO, period.

I think the fact that Omar Khadr was a child soldier does have an effect on Canadian public perception of the case: When people are informed of this fact, then asked whether Khadr should remain in GTMO - it separates people who have human moral values from those who are cold hearted fascist bastards who will still support the Harper administration, believe that Khadr is a terrorist and deserves continued imprisonment and that Canada is/was more secure because of his imprisonment.