Thursday, October 13, 2011

Amnesty to Canada: Prosecute Bush

Amnesty International on Wednesday called for the Canadian government to arrest and either prosecute or extradite George W. Bush to the U.S. for authorizing torture during his presidency, when Bush arrives in Canada for a scheduled visit on October 20.  AI has stated that failure by Canada to do something about Bush's program of torture, including waterboarding terror suspect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed 183 times, constitutes a violation of the U.N. Convention Against Torture.

Human Rights Watch wants the same thing.

As Andrew says, "the Geneva Conventions are either the law or they are not."  By her actions, Canada will determine this.

I'm all for this myself.  Still, I hate to pop their balloons.  Bush's handlers have probably already dealt with this in advance of his visit.  I cannot imagine that the Canadian government would want to rock the world and signal to every current and former head of state that Canada is off-limits to their visits if they want to engage in violations of the Geneva Conventions exercised during wartime.  There are those pesky little issues of trade, and global economic policy, too.  I don't think Canada would want to risk becoming a country no foreign country would invest in over this issue. 

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