Maher Ahmad Zaydan, of Surrey B.C., the holder of dual Syrian-Canadian citizenship has been arrested and placed in a Syrian jail. There is very little information related to the arrest of Zaydan at this point, but it will be interesting to see how our government reacts to yet another one of our citizens being arrested by a brutal dictatorship. Full story here
So far the Liberal government's record for dealing with situations like this has been lacking to say the least. This is the third high profile case in the last while, with Maher Arar being tortured in Syria and the death of Zahra Kazemi at the hands of the Iranians. It would appear that the lack of a strong message and follow up actions from Ottawa in situations such as this has made it open season on Canadian citizens abroad.
I can hear it now, Pierre Pettigrew will insist that justice be done, and that the process has to be both transparent and credible for the truth to come out. It will be the same old song and dance, nothing will change. Syria, Iran or any other country wishing Canadians harm will simply refresh their notes on Canada's actions, that there will be no price to be paid for killing, jailing or torturing Canadian citizens as long as that person holds a dual citizenship. That in my opinion is a poor message to be sending.