When I was a kid at Conestoga Bible Camp, we did an exercise where we were supposed to hold our arms in the air above our heads the way Moses is said to have done in order to part the Red Sea. The idea was that he had to keep his arms in the air to keep the sea parted long enough for all the people to get across. So how about you try it now: how long can you hold your arms in the air above your head before it starts to get uncomfortable. Before it starts to get painful. Now imagine how it would feel if you had two through & through bullet holes in your chest.
Some people are saying Omar Khadr wasn’t tortured. The 15 year old Canadian boy was dug out of the rubble with two gaping exit wounds in his chest. He wasn’t expected to survive. When he was still a long way from recovery in the Bagram prison camp, he was hung from his wrists. For hours. Sounds like torture to me.
Canada is nominally a Representative Democracy. Canadian voters elect representatives who are supposed to represent our interests– to govern in our names– in the House of Commons, the Canadian lower house of our Parliament. Unfortunately, because Members of Parliament (MPs) are elected with a winner-take-all electoral system, our government is adversarial. So instead of fostering co-operation, and creating policy in the best interests of all Canadians, we have been seeing increasing polarization, not just of political parties, but of citizens. Such a system creates a class system by dividing Canadians into those who have representation and those who have not. One side is the winner with all the power and everyone else are losers. Continue reading