It’s very easy to throw around accusations of racism and that makes me loathe to do it, but how else can you contrast the treatment of Maher Arar, Omar Khadr, and now Abousfian Abdelrazik when it is compared to what happened in the case of Brenda Martin. Why is the Harper government not straining to get this man out of the clutches of the Sudanese government?
I want to be careful here, because I am not casting aspersions on Martin or her supporters, but the contrast is remarkable between the vigor with which questioned the legitimacy of the Mexican legal system and the presumption of the same that we granted the dubious Gitmo show trials (fought at every step by military attorneys who really don’t get lauded as defenders of liberty the way they should be) or worse – what passes for a “justice” system in Syria or Sudan.
Why did we presume though that Martin was telling the truth that she was innocent and take on Mexico but shrug when those with the wrong skin colour find themselves in trouble? Let’s demand the Brenda Martin standard for every Canadian held in legal limbo elsewhere.