Designated Driver of North America

In the “It’ll never happen (dammit)” category…

…we have Ben Armbruster’s post at Think Progress.

Next week, George W. Bush is heading for my former hometown, Calgary, Alberta, to give his first speech as an ex-president. I am already appalled that my birthplace would welcome him at all, for any reason, ever. But Armbruster reports one response to Bush’s visit that cheers me up.

instead of greeting Bush with open arms and (potentially) wads of cash, activists and human rights lawyers in Canada are hoping their government will greet him with handcuffs — or at the very least — bar him entry in to the country.

I gather we’ve got some kind of law in Canada forbidding us to allow entrance to anyone for whom there is reasonable grounds to think that they’ve committed war crimes. And of course…endorsing torture, which Bush has done (and admitted, in public, to doing)…is one of those crimes.

It’s a nice thought, and I’d love to see the plane he flies in on escorted (without being allowed to land) back across the border by fighter planes or something.

But it’ll never happen. As a friend pointed out, if we harass this criminal at the border, every single Canadian who ever crosses the border going south (or entering U.S. airspace at all — remember Meher Arar?) can expect to be harassed and worse.

Maybe the Hague would have the authority to issue arrest warrants (though both Canadian and American neo-Cons’ heads would explode, and they’d just be confirmed in their stupid belief that the International Criminal Court is “anti-good-ol-USA”), and then Bush might have to stay home, not knowing exactly where would be safe to go. Though even then, I bet Canada wouldn’t arrest him, for fear of angering the big southern neighbour.

But without that sort of backing — never. Not gonna happen here.

So George W. Bush is going to land at my Calgary airport and talk in my city.

Ew. Ew ew ew!

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