Tuesday, September 19, 2006
There are plenty of fingers pointing in Canada - particularly at the RCMP. The US, of course, did the actual kidnapping and hiding of Maher in a Syrian prison, to be interrogated and tortured on their behalf. (Don't falter, Senator McCain...don't let the bastards legalize torture.)
Maher came to our town of Nelson, BC a couple of weeks ago as a guest of the local Amnesty International group. He spoke to a respectful and receptive audience of more than 400. His story was difficult to listen to, but told with courage and dignity - and the hope that it will help us all in the fight to maintain civil liberties and human rights...for all. No exceptions.
I hope Maher, his wife Monia and two delightful children will soon live a life that is 'normal' and I hope that Maher will one day leave behind the nightmares that haunt him still.
Amnesty International op-ed piece here.