Maybe you saw some of the heart-rending video today of Omar Khadr, that pitiful Canadian teenager being held at Gitmo.
He was seen pleading for help from his Canadian interrogators, crying about his wounds and whimpering, “You don’t care about me.”. National Post has a story on it if you’re not up to speed.
EDMONTON — Omar Khadr’s lawyers again called for political action in their client’s case on Tuesday, shortly after releasing more than seven hours of video footage showing Canadian officials interrogating the sobbing youth in Guantanamo Bay in 2003.
“It is beyond comprehension that Prime Minister Harper continues to tolerate the treatment of a Canadian citizen in this manner,” said Nathan Whitling, acts on behalf of Mr. Khadr with Denis Edney. “It is time for this travesty to stop and for Omar Khadr to come home to Canada to face justice under Canadian law.”
…Mr. Whitling said it is obvious the Toronto-born Khadr was “devastated” when he realized the Canadians were not there to help him but to further interrogate him.
“Contrary to everything the Canadian public has been told of Omar Khadr, the tapes do not show a dangerous terrorist, but instead a frightened, wounded, Canadian boy, pleading for help from Canadian officials,” he said. “Instead of helping, they casually dismiss his claims of abuse and mistreatment and tell him they will do nothing for him.”
For excellent reason. Check this picture of Mr. Khadr; worth more than a thousand words.
Update: 7:09AM 16-Jul
The Lansing State Journal noticed the videos. This teaser appeared on the front page this morning:
Video shows interrogations at Guantanamo
Video released Tuesday provides the first glimpse of interrogations at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay. In the video, a 16-year-old captured in Afghanistan cries out for his mother. —Page 3A
If you haven’t checked out the picture mentioned above, do so now. His mother must be very proud.
Update: 8:22PM 16-Jul
More info on the Khadr family, including Omar’s father and his brother Karim who was paralyzed from a bullet to his spine received while fighting for the Taliban against Pakistan when he was 14. And a commenter scoffed at “15 year old enemy combatants” in Omar’s case. I guess they are just advanced juvenile delinquents.
Ahmed Said Khadr