Omar Khadr’s imminent return to Canada

- October 31st, 2011

He’s been described as a child soldier, a lost Canadian, someone the government ignored.

I like to describe Khadr as a Canadian of convenience.

Omar Khadr was born in Canada and came back occasionally but only when it was in his best interests.

His family came to Canada in 1977 but by 1985 was already living outside of the country to avoid to coro0sive influence of Western culture on their children. From 1985 until after his father Ahmed Khadr was killed and his brother Kareem was paralyzed in a firefight, the family pretty much stayed out of Canada, unless it was for healthcare or the birth of children.

Remember that: they left in 1985. Omar was born in 1986.

He didn’t stay long. Soon he’ll be welcomed back and to some he will be welcomed back as a hero.

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.

His story is now well known.

His father was an Al Qaida financier, his brother an arms runner, the family has denounced Canada and claimed open support for violent Jihad.

Khadr was captured by US forces after a firefight. He spent several years in prison at Guantanamo Bay, a prison so horrible that prisoners put on several pounds, some getting little bellies as they consumed their special diet that was tailored for their religious concerns.

And of course who can forget the conditions that saw prisoners given access to video game consoles and Nintendo DS hand held games and even a foosball table with all the faces filed off because it was so Western.

Throughout his time in Gitmo, Khadr has been held up as a victim. Media and legal pundits described him as a child soldier and called for him to be treated as such. Most child soldiers are reunited with their parents. Of course in Omar’s case it was his mother and father that turned him into a little jihadist bent on killing westerners.

His father may have been dead but his mother still supported Jihad.

No matter to the media party, they just wanted a soft focus on Omar.

They even gave credence to a so-called deal to bring him back to Canada under certain conditions such as limiting where he would live, work and worship. That deal would be a violation of several charter rights and there would have been no way to enforce it.

No matter, it allowed Omar, this Canadian of convenience, to be shown as a sympathetic character.

We’re about to see that portrayal of young Omar again, a misunderstood boy who just needs a second chance.

And trust me he will come back and he will likely be free rather quickly.

Last year there were attempts to assure Canadians this would be the case.

Here’s what U.S. Navy Capt. John Murphy, chief prosecutor for the office of military commissions had to say at the time.

“Following one year, if there is a balance of a sentence, Omar Khadr doesn’t go back to Canada as a free man. He goes back to serve whatever remains of his sentence within the Canadian penal system and under Canadian law.”

It’s a nice try but I think you and I know our courts and legal system better than Captain Murphy. I think within a year of returning he’ll be a free man, or at least in the process of having the courts release him.

It’s what we do and it’s why so many Canadians won’t be happy about Omar’s return.

And that’s the Byline.

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5 comments

  1. Geoff in Kingston says:

    Thanks for this article Brian. The lefties that want him to be returned “on principle” drive me nuts. Just like the Occupy Wall Street Crowd found out about their “principled” excellent free food – it gets abused and taken over. Now they are serving gruel. Let Khadr return and be served gruel… the rest of his sentence behind bars.

  2. Alain says:

    It cannot get much more disgusting than this. He is not, never has been, a Canadian in any true sense of the word. Expect upon his “return” for him and his team to launch a massive law suit which some of our judicial activists will grant. Oh, but why worry? What is a few more million tax payer dollars given out to another terrorist?

  3. Jen says:

    Omar KHADR, the lib ndp and the bloc love child, the child they taunted the conservatives be returned into the their bosoms. A child killer now a man of a family that have no use for canada nor her laws.
    This, Omar Khadr, will be CBC first guest and probably become a member of the NDP party and why not- they rallied for him. Therefore, it shows him that they deeply care for him rather the act on the innocent medic.

    I wonder if the media and the opposition parties will be there to welcome Khadr back to canada on a red carpet?

  4. Robert Betty says:

    Brian – Canadian of convenience? Surely you don’t hold Omar Khadr accountable for the geographic wanderings chosen by his father? Omar was born in Toronto and is therefore a Canadian citizen, just like any other individual born in this country.

    I hear much talk about how a 15 year old is accountable for their actions. I am the parent of two teenagers and when they skip school or miss curfew, they are accountable. When I move our family to a foreign country and put them in harm’s way because of my chosen occupation, my children are most certainly NOT accountable.

    I can hear the chants rising up now: “He had a choice – he didn’t have to throw that grenade!” Well that is certainly true – IF he did in fact throw a grenade. We will, of course, never know because the facts of Omar’s case will never be heard in an open court that respects the rule of law.

    The chants rise up again: “You bleeding heart – he confessed!” Seriously? You are an intelligent, educated man and many of your readers are too. Do you expect me (also intelligent and educated) to believe that you consider Omar’s signed confession to be genuine? If yes, then we can no longer have an intelligent discussion since I must conclude you to be completely closed minded or too lazy to apply your intelligence to the matter. Omar Khadr had two clear choices and only two: sign a Pentagon written confession OR face a date with a court and jury filled with the friends and neighbours of the alleged victim, a near certain life sentence to follow.

    Oh, by the way, that confession was not signed until AFTER the Canadian government submitted a diplomatic note promising to allow his return after one more year in GTMO – a promise which is now past due.

    Call Omar Khadr a Canadian of convenience if you must, but Omar’s attempts to exercise the rights of Canadian citizenship (rights that you and I take for granted) have been anything but convenient.

  5. JS says:

    The CBC and the leftist elites favorite IED builder is coming home!The slimy lawyers are already lining up to fleece Canadian taxpayers for poor little Omar’s “mistreatment”.Bet your bottom dollar the left doesn’t give a hoot about our brave men and women who died in Afghanistan except to label them enablers of torture.But give them a murderer of a American soldier and they pee themselves.What a bloody disgrace.

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