Pitiful Omar Khadr

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

Khadr mother, brother arrive in Canada

Al-Qaeda Family: At home with Osama bin Laden

Khadrs backed al-Qaeda, CBC show says

5 thoughts on “Pitiful Omar Khadr”

  1. 15 year old enemy combatants? Omar Khadr, especially if he was ever actually a child soldier, needs to be returned to his parents or other competent relatives immediately. He should have been sent home immediately after he was interned – or when it was safe and practicable to do so. The Americans however have kept this Canadian kid, born in Toronto, in Guantanamo Bay prison since October 2002. And the Canadian government just couldn’t care less it seems.

  2. Hypocrisy of the “Repatriate Omar Khadr to Canada” MovementAs soon as the Gitmo interrogation tape of Omar Khadr hit the Internet, the blogosphere was flooded with demands to repatriate him to Canada. This wave is reminiscent of a Soviet campaign to free Luis Corvalán from the “fascist regime” of Augusto Pinochet thirty five years ago. The scenario is strikingly similar. A “victim” held by “fascist regimes” this time run by Bush and Harper, and a public outcry for justice. Except for the fact that Luis Corvalán didn’t kill anyone and didn’t fight for a terrorist group that wants to impose Sharia.The “repatriate Khadr” crowd describes him as “a child”, “a kid”, “a boy”, and even “a torture victim”, with no facts to substantiate the torture claims notwithstanding. They complain about Khadr being mistreated, again, without anything to back up their claims. Some of them are outraged about “child abuse.” And they all scream for justice.They want justice? OK, let’s talk about JUSTICE. What about justice for Sgt. First Class Christopher J. Speer, who was (according to an eyewitness) murdered by this “child”? What about justice for Tabitha Speer, who is a widow because of this “kid”? What about justice for Taryn and Tanner Speer, who are left without a father by this “a boy”? And what about all those Afghani civilians and NATO troops who are a little bit safer because this “torture victim” is behind bars? How many of these “repatriate Khadr” hypocrites concern themselves with justice for real victims? In literally hundreds of posts, we couldn’t find a single one.One would ask, what is the reason for this idiocy? The answer is simple. Ignorance. Complete and utter ignorance. Let’s forget for a second that Omar Khadr killed Christopher Speer. Let’s forget that Khadr’s father was an al Qaeda financier. Let’s forget that Khadr’s family is known for it being al Qaeda sympathizers. Let’s just remember what this “child” was fighting for in Afghanistan.This is what Taliban-imposed Sharia looks like in real life: http://muslimsagainstsharia.blogspot.com/2000/07/hypocrisy-of-repatriate-omar-khadr-to.htmlWhy don’t all of you, bleeding heart demagogues go to Afghanistan and spend a day in a Taliban-controlled territory? And let’s talk about Khadr when you get back. If you get back.