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Ex VP Cheney, Persona Non Grata in Canada

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Well at least Canadians haven't lost their sense of justice.

It seems former V.P. Dick Cheney and his daughter Elizabeth were scheduled to appear in Toronto, Canada on April 24 for a "talk" at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre but suddenly cancelled citing "safety concerns".

Apparently last September in Vancouver, on his book tour touting his memoir, "In My Time", Cheney had to be holed up inside the building because demonstrators erupted with violence to his being there, (critics up there have been known to call him a "war criminal," who among others in the Bush administration, authorized the water boarding of suspects).

So it appears, the American equivalent of Hitler, Stalin and Mao rolled into one, isn't quite liked across our northern border. "Funny" how his presence isn't appreciated up there considering he openly and arrogantly boasted that he helped authorize water boarding of suspects, an interrogation procedure used by some of the most brutal totalitarian regimes that ever existed, (and after W.W.II, those Japanese officials who authorized the practice were cited, prosecuted as war criminals and if found guilty, were hanged). Then add Cheney's lies about Iraq and Saddam Hussein having WMD and using the New York Times and "Face the Nation" as vehicles to pass on his phony allegations (which our "objectively" obsessed MSM, dutifully printed and/or aired his phony allegations to the American public without first checking out the veracity of what he was soliciting to them), there's little wonder some Canadians are appalled.

Then of course, there was President Obama, early in his administration declaring, "We can't look back" as he wouldn't prosecute those in the Bush administration who authorized torture and precipitated the American misadventure in Iraq.

That gave the would be war criminal Cheney the license and audacity to openly admit his crimes against humanity to the world and know he'd never be held accountable and face the rule of law in America for his transgressions.

So that American travesty of injustice is not lost on some politically aware Canadians who object to his presence on their soil as they don't want his openly flaunted criminality to be ignored while he's running around free drumming up interest in his memoirs.        

From here, Canadians have the guts to openly express their objection to this horror of a man. He should be seen as the pariah that he is.

But in America he's allowed to walk free to trumpet his memoirs, while those who uncover the truth, like a Bradley Manning, are falsely prosecuted for espionage.

That miscarriage of injustice shows our double standard when comes to justice and upholding the rule of law in America. The idea that we have moral authority in the world, abide by and practice the rule of law and seek justice in America is pure hokum.

At least the Canadians aren't shy in expressing and showing they won't be a party to America's sense of what constitutes "justice".

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