I’ve long been reluctant to say it. But it just might be time for Canada to quit the UN.
Certainly, Canada has been a very important part of the UN since its very inception. But as the UN lurches ever-so-slowly away from its founding principles it’s become mired in cultural and political relativism that are slowly but surely leaving it unable to function as it was intended. Once upon a time, the UN was a place where things simply didn’t get done – usually because of conflicts of interest among the five permanent Security Council members, each of whom possesses a veto over anything passed by the General Assembly.
This was even before the UN became a convenient seat of international influence for demagogues. Before the UN was an organization where countries like Saudi Arabia, China or Cuba – among other flagrant and frequent human rights violators – could sit, in all places, on the United Nations Human Rights Committee. Before Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe was named, of all things, the UN’s tourism ambassador. Before Iran could be elected to the UN’s Commission on Women’s Rights.
The atrocity of these things needs little explanation. But even as the UN actually rewards the misdeeds of foreign dictators and tyrannical regimes, the UN apparently has plenty of time to set its sights on Canada.
The most recent example? The UN Committee Against Torture has declared that Omar Khadr – the Canadian far-left’s favourite homegrown terrorist – deserves “redress” for the alleged human rights abuses he suffered while detained at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This is nothing new, the same committee was insisting that Khadr – who killed a US medic, Sergeant Christopher Speer, in 2002 – should have been brought back to Canada in 2010, before he even had the opportunity to stand trial for that murder.
Never mind that there’s no evidence that Khadr was ever mistreated, and mounds of evidence to the contrary – including arthroscopic surgery to alleviate discomfort in his knees. Canadians have long been unaware of the generous treatment afforded Khadr by his captors while he awaited trial for crimes that he himself has freely admitted to.
Many of Khadr’s mistreatment claims have been laughable. When US soldiers attempted to weigh him upon his arrival at Guantanamo Bay, Khadr accused them of torture – in fact, weighing a prisoner is required for the Red Cross to be able to monitor prisoners for mistreatment.
By the way, guess who never found any evidence that Khadr was being mistreated? The Red Cross.
The closest Khadr’s boosters in Canada and abroad have ever come to providing evidence that Khadr was tortured is to note that many practices considered – loosely, in some cases, and not-so-loosely in others – were used on other prisoners at the Guantanamo facility. It’s rather slim evidence, but then again the Supreme Court of Canada bought it, in doing so overlooking reports from the International Red Cross.
This is apparently what the UN has come to: a Canadian teenager, too old to be definitively considered a child soldier under international law, willingly enlists in a terrorist organization without any kind of coercion, travels abroad and does battle with a close ally of Canada. He builds bombs for that organization and, when given the opportunity, throws a grenade that kills a medic that is actually on his way to help Khadr. And when Canada does the right thing and allows the US to try Khadr for his actions – actions which he freely admits to, even gloats about – apparently the UN Committee Against Torture thinks Canada owes him something, lack of evidence or not.
At a certain point, enough has got to be enough. Canada doesn’t owe Khadr even an ounce of “redress.” Not so much as a dime. If the UN – this bastion of tyrants, this soapbox for left-wing demagogues – thinks otherwise, it’s nothing more than a sign of just how broken the UN has become. And there may be no better time than now for Canada to cut ties with this corrupted organization.
Patrick Ross is a Contributing Writer for The Propagandist