In 2002 Omar Khadr a known Jihadist left his Ontario home traveled to Afghanistan, joined up with Al Qaeda and murdered a member of the medical corps by way of a hand grenade. Khadr was wounded in the ensuing fire fight and for some unknown reason nursed back to health by the same personnel that he had set out to murder and maim.
That kindness by way of medical care is far beyond the inhuman methods employed by Khadr and other Jihadists who gladly take part in ritualistic executions of their enemies. How many times do we need to see these lunatics knifing off the heads of their perceived enemies to figure these creatures out?
Aside from all the lamentations and bleeding hearts of those who now seek merciful treatment for individuals like Khadr, I see it as an insult to the surviving families that our own troops that died at the hands of Khadr’s Jihad colleagues.
Suffice to say that the techniques employed at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp are not techniques that represent social norms in North America. HOWEVER, whatever methods are used to collect information from captured terrorists may just not be out of the norm to the terrorists themselves. On its surface, the facts known to those that captured this despicable individual July 27, 2002 in the village of Ayub Kheyl, Afghanistan were more than enough to assign guilt. Any further information obtained from him during the course of his detention at Guatanamo including his confession is (to my mind) merely affirmations of what he did. That the same information gathered may have led to ferreting out more terror cells is not ALL bad.
Khadr’s father Achmed Said Khadr had been a close associate of Osama bin Laden and worked with members of Al-Qaeda; he was killed near the border of Afghanistan in 2004. One of Khadr’s older sisters (Zaynab) had also left Canada and was an enthusiastic and active participant of the bombing of an embassy in Pakistan in 1995. Omar Khadr’s sister (Zaynab) and mother used their Canadian passports in 2005 to reenter Canada after Omar Khadr was sent to Guatanamo. They have been extremely vocal defenders of Omar and his Al-Qaeda colleagues and despite enjoying the full charity that Canada can offer. On her way into Canada, several computer files with critical Al-Qeada information was seized from Zaynab Khadr’s luggage.
In comments made (here in Canada) by Zaynab Khadr, she is quoted as saying (on a PBS broadcast) this about the victims of September 11 , “They deserve it. They’ve been doing it for such a long time, why shouldn’t they feel it once in a while?”
Terrorism has extremely deep roots in the Khadr family so it appears.
For those who lost track, Khadr intentionally launched a hand grenade at a squad of US soldiers. A hand grenade is an indiscriminate weapon. It does not pick and choose those that it kills or maims. The victims of Khadr’s willful actions were Sergeant First Class Layne Morris who was blinded and Sergeant First Class (SFC) Christopher James Speer who was murdered by Omar Khadr. Speer was a medical corpsman. International law states that killing of medical personnel in armed conflict is not only “murder” but is also considered a “war crime”.
It is especially galling to watch Canada’s immense charity being handed out to Khadr clan here in Canada. Mother and sister enjoy a great life while Khadr is busy trying to convince us that all is well. He enjoys medical benefits that returned Canadian troops would enjoy. The hours spent by government paid psychiatrists seem extravagant when I consider the crying needs of our own military personnel who have come home suffering from post-traumatic-stress (PTSD) caused by cowardly Jihadists in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Where is the fairness in all of this? We have a post secondary school (in Alberta) prepared to roll out a free post-secondary education for Omar Khadr. Maybe it would be much fairer to offer that same education gift to the now fatherless families of Sgt. Christopher Speers, don’t you think? Speer’s two kids (Tanner and Taryn) and (for that matter) how about Marcus, the six year-old son left behind by Cpl. Nathan Cirillo who was similarly murdered by a Jihadist at the National War monument in Ottawa on October 22, 2014 would all be much worthier recipients of such acts of kindness than would Omar Khadr, would they not?
People sometimes get easily confused when it comes to acts of kindness and generosity. I can think of not one single redeeming feature that has this country lavishing the milk of kindness on the Khadr clan.
No matter how genuine and sincere sounding Omar Khadr projects himself when he waxes poetically out freedom; anyone who has been around an extremist for any short time can figure this out. You can only put so much lipstick on a pig. Be kind and be generous as Canadians are known to be but let’s not lose track of our own principals and values. Omar Khadr should not be walking around gloating.
I wonder if it is now expected that Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who killed four and maimed 280 others should also receive the Omar Khadr treatment. I suspect that young Mr. Tsarnaev is much safer inside prison than he would be if he were walking free. Nor should Omar Khadr.