Friday, July 18, 2008

Omar Khadr

The following video is heartbreaking but I feel as though that it is one of the most important things to witness, if you are a compassionate Canadian that believes children of war should not be held unlawfully in an illegitimate prision without a proper trial. Omar Khadr is a Canadian citizen like you and I except, he was born into a family with strong terrorist connections. He was 15 years old when he was captured by American forces in Afghanistan and has been accused of killing an american special forces soldier. No matter how shady the circumstances in which Khadr had found himself, he was just a kid. Articles i've read show his desparate desire to lead a normal life in Canada. I believe that strong political pressure from the Canadian government is needed to extract Khadr from Guantanamo Bay and have him face trial in Canada as a citizen of Canada. So far, Harper refuses to allow this to occur because he is does not want to disrupt or anger the Bush administration (who fully supports Gitmo). A supporting article from Click Here


American Muslim, not Muslim-American said...

Hypocrisy of the "Repatriate Omar Khadr to Canada" Movement

As 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:

Why 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.

James M. said...

He faces serious charges, no doubt, and as a result I am arguing that he deserves a fair trial in Canada as a citizen. I think you are going way too far in denying him the fundamental right of having those allegations tried in a court of law. Just because his parents are shady doesn't mean he shouldn't be afforded basic rights. At no point did I say that he shouldn't be tried. You complain of ignorance, you should check your own.