April 16, 2009

Kenney avoids supporters of War Resisters

Protesters came to confront the Minister of Immigration, Kenney, in his Canadian hometown, Calgary. He didn't make the event claiming a flight problem. 

Prime Minister Harper opposed sending Canadian troops to Iraq, but neither he nor Kenney can comprehend that American soldiers could also come to oppose this war despite their initial decision to "volunteer".

The truth is that these young recruits were lied to.

When they realized the truth they made a choice based on their personal morality . . . they resisted.

Harper and Kenney don't seem to agree that soldiers need to adhere to international agreements such as the Principles of International Law Recognized in the Charter of the Nuremberg Tribunal and in the Judgment of the Tribunal, 1950. It states that:
 "Any person who commits an act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible therefore and liable to punishment.
Principle IV:
The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him."
One of the supporters of the protest for the War Resisters Campaign, Collette Lemieux, said,
"these are human beings who are making a moral choice, a moral decision that this war is illegal. Some of them have been to Iraq and have seen very serious breaches of international law and that's why they have made the decision to come (to Canada)"

-thanks to CTV Calgary for the photo and the Lemieux quote.

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