Friday, 17 August 2012

Help Me Steven Harper, I'm Canadian

News from Russia, a group punk band has been sentenced to 2 years in jail for hooliganism. I am sorry to hear that. People have a need to be able to speak, what I don't understand thou, is why there are people here in Canada who think that the Canadian government should do something about it.

First of all, just what do these people think the Canadian government can/should do? President Vladimir Putin, a very charismatic guy, couldn't  care less about anything Steven Harper would say. Heck, I couldn't care less about anything he has to say. There is evidence that the members of this band are Canadian, and therefore subject to the protection of the laws of Canada. If this band had done whatever they had done on Canadian soil, this would be true. Anyone doing anything on Canadian soil will be subject to Canadian law.  Any Canadian doing anything on Russian soil, is subject to Russian law. End of subject.

If you chose to go against the law of whatever land you happen to be in, you have to be ready to accept the consequences of your actions. It does not matter one whit if the laws you are breaking are illegal in your home country - if you are in Russia, or Greece, or Egypt or..... you are subject to those laws. You don't like that idea, then don't do what will get you into trouble where you happen to be and then expect some government somewhere else to bail you out.

To the members of Pussy Riot, I am sorry to hear you have gotten yourselves into trouble. I am even more sorry to know that you have placed young children in enormous danger. To those who think that the Canadian government should do something about it, find something else to waste your time on. The Canadian government has enough to do here in Canada.

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