Sadeghi starts off with the Canadian position:
"The reason? Human rights. Canada, citing its Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act, says that it is taking these measures to make it easier for its Middle Eastern immigrants to take legal action against their homelands for violations of human rights."But then immediately goes on the offensive:
"What the Canadian government failed to report in its auspicious announcement is that it is one of the most notorious governments when it comes to the human rights of its Middle Eastern immigrants.Remember, this is Canada we're talking about. The one country most Huffington Posters actually like, and is respected around the world. But she calls it "notorious," an "international embarrassment" and "absurd." Very aggressive language, which considering her position already sounds like she's playing defense. Let's hope Sadeghi has proof to back up these accusations. Here's her first example:
Canada is an international embarrassment when it comes to defending the rights of its Middle Eastern immigrants, making its announcement of ending ties with Iran and Syria all the more absurd."
"Does Canada think that Iranians have forgotten the case of Iranian-Canadian Zahra Kazemi and how horribly the Canadian government has treated her family? She was raped and brutally murdered in Iran during a visit to Tehran in 2003 and the Canadian government's response was so weak, so shamelessly unbecoming of the new home she had adopted that her son is still fighting for her rights nine years after Canada failed her and her family."This is Sadeghi's example of why Canada is worse for human rights than Iran. Seriously. Iran arrested Kazemi, tortured her, raped her, and killed her, but it's Canada that comes out worse because it has a "weak response."
What the hell was Canada supposed to do? They tried to have representatives present at her trial, but Iran denied the request. Kazemi was an Iranian citizen being tried under Iranian courts. Anything more Canada could have done would no doubt have been a sign of "Western imperialism" and a "violation of Iran's sovereignty"! This is a perfect example of the demopathy of the bloggers we see on places like the Huffington Post: If a non-Western power does something bad, and a Western power doesn't stop them, it's that Western powers fault. Apparently holding Iran responsible for its own actions is not "liberal" for the Huffington Post. It's truly crazy to think that her example is an indication of why Canada is the serial violator of human rights. But let's move on to her second example:
"Does Canada think that the world has forgotten the case of Egyptian-Canadian Omar Khadr, the boy who remains the last Westerner imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay because the Canadian government refuses to pursue his extradition back home to Canada? Yes, Canada has refused to extradite and protect its own citizen: a person who, though now an adult, was a 15-year-old child when he was led into the pearly gates of Guantanamo prison 10 long years ago."Omar Khadr, based on her own link, has been convicted of war crimes, including murder and "providing material support for terrorism". He pleaded guilty to those charges. While some people in Canada do believe he should be returned to Canada, it is difficult to make the case that Canada should stick its neck out for a convicted war criminal and murderer. This is classic far leftist behavior: demanding that the human rights of somebody be honored and respected while completely ignoring anything that somebody might have done to warrant his/her human rights being "violated".
Here's her third example:
"And what about Maher Arar? The Canadian-Syrian was one of the most famous cases of extraordinary rendition when, after he was detained in New York's JFK Airport for two weeks without any Canadian government intervention and then sent to Syria for one year where he was tortured, he was finally released by the Syrians themselves. He sued the Canadian government, won $10.5 dollars and received an apology from the Canadian government."This guy is a better example than the other two, because the US government deported him to Syria where he was tortured (again, what Arabs do is America's fault), but eventually cleared of all charges. But even with this better example, Sadeghi can't stick to the truth. Arar won $10.5 million dollars from the Canadian government, not $10.5. This is probably a typo and innocent mistake on her part, but it got published so I'm responding to it.
Here comes the most amazing part of the article:
"The Canadian government, in short, is quite grateful for its Iranian immigrants. As it tends to be for most of its Middle Eastern immigrants. It's a shame Canada doesn't have the independence and autonomy to treat these fine immigrants better.No, to blame Iran for Canada's inability to save Kazemi (for example) is neither dishonest nor shameful, but simply an act of putting the blame on the actually guilty party. Iran was the one who murdered Kazemi, there didn't seem to me like there was much more Canada could do and Sadeghi doesn't offer any suggestions either. As for "treating this fine immigrants better," one of Sadeghi's three examples was a war criminal and murderer. Where does Sadeghi get the audacity to point fingers at the Canadian government when states like Iran and people like Omar Khadr are the people she is defending?
To blame Iran or Syria or any other government for how Canada itself has failed in protecting and defending its Middle Eastern immigrants is a dishonesty that is shameful. To use these immigrants' human rights as an excuse to cut ties with these governments is simply duplicitous. "
This is getting long so I'm going to wrap it up with the grand finale:
"A quick internet search of the recent history of Iranian uprisings, protests and demonstrations immediately exposes that lie: Iranians have been protesting and revolting against the Islamic Republic government since it first came to power -- without the need for sanctions and embassy closures.I'm going to repeat that again: "if intentionally and knowingly making people suffer is not a violation of human rights, then who knows what is."
If intentionally and knowingly making people suffer is not a violation of human rights, then who knows what is. [My emphasis - M]
Shame on the Canadian government, not just for taking this measure while knowing the full and terrible consequences of it but for ostensibly violating human rights in the name of defending them."
This, unfortunately, is the logical conclusion of all the far left's "human rights" talking points. It has finally reached the point where anything bad that happens to any person is a violation of human rights. Note that Sadeghi declares that making "people" suffer is a violation, not "innocent people." Jailing a murderer, like Omar Khadr? Human rights violation! Preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons by not buying their stuff? Human rights violation! Cutting off someone in traffic on your way home for work? Congratulations, bub, you just violated that someone's human rights.
No, Ms. Sadeghi, not shame on the Canadian government. Shame on you for being more upset about Canada not doing "enough" to help their hurt and killed citizens than the people actually doing the hurting and the killing. Shame on you for not even bothering to hide your defense of the theocratic regime in Iran, with its crane hangings and rape rooms.
Postscript: Even though Sadeghi's target was Canada in the op-ed, the Huffington Posters knew who was really to blame:
We all know who the real enemy is.