It's a horrible thing to think about, especially since Stephen Harper rewrote our foreign policy, denying protection of these children.
Of course his reasoning was to remove any international involvement from the UN or International Criminal Court. It wasn't enough being a dictator in Canada. He wanted to make Canada an island, so we had few safeguards anywhere.
The terms "gender equality," "child soldiers," "international humanitarian law," "good governance," "human security," "public diplomacy" and "The Responsibility to Protect" have been blacklisted from government parlance ....
These terms were once championed by Canada, are in wide use around the world, and represent a wide range of international norms and precedent. Make no mistake, these semantic changes represent fundamental shifts to Canadian foreign policy. Each of the banned or altered terms carry with it significant policy implications, most related to the international human rights agenda.
For example, when speaking of the war in the DRC, where upwards of 3 million people have been killed, and rape is widely used as a tool of war, the terms "impunity" and "justice" can no longer be used when calling for an end to, and punishment for, sexual violence.
So it shouldn't surprise anyone that stories from Haiti are just what Ricky Martin was talking about. Since humanitarian aid is being trumped by 'soldiering', it has me wondering what our priorities will be.
Many on the ground suggest that this massive build up of an army is more to protect corporate interests in Haiti. I know our own troops will act admirably because they grew up in a Canada where humanity was important.
But it still makes me incredibly sad and embarrassed. I guess this is who we are now. Bring in the army to protect our investments and anything else is secondary. The following report is from the UK because Canadians are not allowed to mention this.
Traffickers prey on hordes of Haiti quake orphans
By VIRGINIA WHEELER in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
January 28, 2010
THEY are orphaned, terrified and hungry - a lost generation facing fresh peril last night as hell-on-earth became a PARADISE for child predators. Babies and toddlers were among dazed kiddies being plucked by brutes from the rubble of earthquake-devastated Haiti.
Even those praying for sanctuary at medical centres set up in the stricken Caribbean nation were not safe - as aid workers warned child-trafficking gangs had sprung up across the shattered capital. Fifeen being treated were revealed to have been snatched by men later found not to be relatives ....