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Thursday, January 24, 2008 

France urges U.S. treat Canadian Guantanamo Detainee Omar Khadr As 'Child Soldier'

Most civilized nations consider 'child soldiers' in a war or conflict to be 'victims'. Not so Stephen Harper and Canada's Conservative government. In the case of Omar Khadr, the Harper government has bent over and kissed the butt of George Bush's American war machine and have done nothing to ensure that Khadr is treated as a child soldier.

Entering the story is the very civilized nation of France.

"Pascale Andreani, a spokeswoman for the French Foreign Ministry, said Khadr must be given special treatment because he was a minor at the time. She said France considers "all children associated with an armed conflict...should be treated accordingly. As a minor at the time of the events, Mr. Khadr must be given special treatment - a point on which there is a universal consensus," Andreani said. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said Canada won't intervene in Khadr's trial."
Canadian Press

It's a pretty sad indictment of our government that another country, France, has to step up to the plate to defend a Canadian citizen. If I recall, the UK has also done so previously wrt Omar Khadr.
Shame on Harper&co.

Does this mean Sarkozy, despite being the conservative choice of France, is not as ...cozy...with Bush as Harper is? Or with Harper for that matter?

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