In a recent statement, Amnesty Canada General Secretary Alex Neve insisted that Canada not only should arrest Bush when he arrives in Canada, but is actually required to do so.
“Torturers must face justice and their crimes are so egregious that the responsibility for ensuring justice is shared by all nations,” Neve declared. “Friend or foe, extraordinary or very ordinary times, most or least powerful nation, faced with concerns about terrorism or any other threat, torture must be stopped.”
“Bringing to justice the people responsible for torture is central to that goal. It is the law,” he continued. “And no one, including the man who served as president of the world’s most powerful nation for eight years can be allowed to stand above that law.”
There’s little doubt in my mind that Neve is right about torture. Torture must not be tolerated, and especially not by the world’s most powerful countries. I even agree that Bush should be called to account for the “enhanced interrogation techniques” he authorized.
Where Neve is wrong is about whether or not Canada should arrest Bush, or even if Canada legally can.
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