Omar Khadr update

Terrorist, child soldier or Gitmo victim?

If those choices are A, B and C, I’ll take a vowel.

He was just 15 years old when arrested after a fire fight with US forces in Afghanistan; Omar Khadr has spent the last six years locked up in the detention centre at Guantanamo Bay without a trial. A friend of mine mentioned the other day that spending this long in prison without trial is a form of torture. Supporters of Khadr say he is simply a child soldier and should not be facing charges in an American military tribunal. Others say that since Omar Khadr is a Canadian citizen, he should be brought home to Canada to face charges, rather than remain the last Western citizen locked up at the makeshift prison dubbed “Gitmo”.

If any of this is true, why is Canada, Boy Scout to the World, the country that pioneered “soft power” throughout the 1990s and spearheaded the international treaty on landmines, letting one of its citizens rot on his own without help? The answer is, things aren’t always what they seem with the Khadr family. History, post-9/11 politics and the legal systems of two countries all contribute to this tale that has been generating international headlines.

Truth be told, Omar Khadr is a Canadian of convenience. Although born in Toronto in 1986, Omar’s parents, both immigrants to Canada, had decided to raise their family elsewhere to escape a culture they viewed as having a corrupting influence on their young and growing family. The family was living overseas in locales such as Bahrain and Pakistan, returning for brief spells in 1985 and 1986 only for Omar and his older brother Ibrahim to be born or receive medical care from Canada’s state medical system. Omar left Canada for Pakistan’s Peshawar district when he was only months old, spending the rest of his life going between Pakistan, Afghanistan and when the family needed medical treatment, Canada.

RTWT and remember it the next time you hear his lawyers whining about how he cried for his mother during a Gitmo interview conducted by Canadian government employees.


2 thoughts on “Omar Khadr update”

  1. 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: 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.

  2. Without a doubt, this article perpetuates the ignorance of the American people and the blatant mischieveousness of their government. Regardless of Khadr's citizenship of convinience and that of his family, the law is that at the time of the offence, he fell into the category of child soldier, as bizarre as that may sound to all of you, and he has to be, out of necessity, be considered a victim of war, because that is the law, and democracy means true democracy and not democracy Ltd. The law is the law and no one has the special authority to say, mm yeaaah but in this case, let's pretend it doesn't, because then the law means absolutely nothing. Think of when you were 15 or 15 or even 18 and correct me if i'm wrong, but even though you think you know right from wrong, the truth is, you only think so because of the influences you've had in life. Scientifically, your brain hasn't even finished the growth process at that age, hence the prohibition of alcohol drinking, because it affects your brain development. At 15, you don't know who you are, so to all of those who think Khadr shouldn't be repatriated, you should know you are sad sad individuals, and that the same way you are choosing to ignore someone else's rights, someone, god forbid, in the future might ignore yours.