– Interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil’s declaration that sharia would be Libya’s principal law.
– Sexual abuse of boys in Afghanistan.
– “According to Shariah law, enemies’ wives should be raped and they have started raping these women already,” Homa Arjomand said.
– and other atrocities that make you sick to read about…
Before jumping to the assistance of countries looking to overturn their current despot dictators; how about we provide some ground rules for those that are asking for our assistance.
1. The government that is to be replaced from what you have will be democratic, free from fanatic religious trappings and constraints which discriminate against, or limit the rights of any of the lawful citizens of that country on any basis.
2. That the basic personal freedoms and liberties are to be applied universally and equally to all persons of that country without reservation or exception. In fact a higher level of protections should be applied to those particularly vulnerable such a children and women.
3. That a transition advisory council from the assisting nations be formed following any action, that will remain to assist and mentor the new government of that country in rebuilding their political and legal systems in order to ensure the foundation and framework for democracy and civil protections are met.
If it is to be our tax money funding equipment and personnel, and or, the lives of our military members and citizens that are to be put on the line to enable these countries to be “free”, then it there should be an accounting for that aid that is provided.
Our politicians should be seeking these and other assurances in the future.
Just as our military has to follow “rules of engagement” in any conflict, so should our politicians be required to follow clearly defined standards and requirements, transparent in their goals for rendering assistance, accountable to us, the people of Canada.