Not a good comparison

Gar Pardy's comparison between Alfred Dreyfus and Omar Khadr (RE: "Alfred Dreyfus, meet Omar Khadr," Nov. 3) is so fatuous that I had to check to see if this wasn't your April 1 edition. Khadr has confessed to killing a US soldier. Captain Dreyfus was deliberately framed, falsely convicted and exiled for life on completely bogus, trumped-up political charges of treason. This was done for one reason only: he was Jewish. The military later suppressed evidence of the real traitor's identity and fabricated documentation to "confirm" Dreyfus's culpability. The antisemitic zeitgeist of fin-de-siècle France that underpinned L'Affaire Dreyfus has absolutely no analogue in present-day Canada. The scapegoating of Alfred Dreyfus has zero parallel to the case of Omar Khadr. Shakespeare and others have observed that comparisons are odious. This one really stinks.

Published: Wednesday, 11/10/2010 12:00 am EST

Gar Pardy's comparison between Alfred Dreyfus and Omar Khadr (RE: "Alfred Dreyfus, meet Omar Khadr," Nov. 3) is so fatuous that I had to check to see if this wasn't your April 1 edition. Khadr has confessed to killing a US soldier. Captain Dreyfus was deliberately framed, falsely convicted and exiled for life on completely bogus, trumped-up political charges of treason. This was done for one reason only: he was Jewish. The military later suppressed evidence of the real traitor's identity and fabricated documentation to "confirm" Dreyfus's culpability. The antisemitic zeitgeist of fin-de-siècle France that underpinned L'Affaire Dreyfus has absolutely no analogue in present-day Canada. The scapegoating of Alfred Dreyfus has zero parallel to the case of Omar Khadr. Shakespeare and others have observed that comparisons are odious. This one really stinks.

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