Wednesday, June 25, 2008

A culture of impunity?

What is it about Canadians and our reflexive deference to authority and its trappings?

First, we observe numerous instances of police killing or assaulting civilians, with little or no consequence to the perpetrators.

Now a member of our military who committed horrific child abuse on
six-month-old triplets, breaking a total of 19 bones in their tiny bodies to make them stop crying, gets a pass. The judge took into account post-traumatic stress from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, but on closer inspection we learn that the man's "stress" was allegedly caused by not seeing action. Good grief.

The man was sentenced to eighteen months of house arrest instead of jail. How nice for his little babies.

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