The fate of Omar Khadr, the only Canadian imprisoned in the U.S. detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, was deemed so important by Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff that he used valuable face-time with President Barack Obama yesterday to broach the issue of the man’s situation in U.S. custody.
National Post: U.S. President Barack Obama with Liberal Party Leader Michael Ignatieff at Ottawa, Feb. 19, 2009.
Ever since there has been a Canada, Canadians have committed crimes on foreign soil and faced whatever justice system was in place there. I can see no reason why we should break with this long-standing tradition.
Mr. Khadr and members of his family fought in a war against Canada and its allies and allegedly killed one of our ally’s soldiers. We owe him nothing.
And yet, Mr. Ignatieff and his fellow opposition leaders are lobbying the U.S. president to allow Mr. Khadr to be returned to Canada so that our legal system can deal with him. What nonsense.
According to the National Post:
Mr. Ignatieff, who had written to Mr. Obama with the other opposition leaders seeking Khadr’s immediate release, said the president told him all the Guantanamo prisoners are being categorized based on their level of danger, and indicated there will be no ‘imminent’ decisions.
Mr. Khadr is charged with, among other things, killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan during a firefight. At the time of the incident, the U.S. and Canada were allies in a war against the Taliban and foreign terrorists in Afghanistan. Traditionally, killing an allied soldier in wartime is akin to killing one of our own, making, I suppose, Mr. Khadr’s alleged actions treasonous. So I suppose we could charge him here in Canada, but why bother?
Opposition members and their left-leaning MSM allies have often told Canadians that Mr. Khadr is the only citizen of a Western country still imprisoned at Guantanamo. Yet, according to the National Post,
‘The UK and U.S. governments have reached agreement on the transfer of Mr. Binyam Mohamed from Guantanamo Bay to the UK,’ it said in a statement. ‘He will be returned as soon as the practical arrangements can be made’.
Apparently, Mr. Khadr’s situation has not been as unique as has been repeatedly reported.
At any point in time, dozens—perhaps hundreds—of Canadians are dealt with by the American legal system with nary a word from our opposition leaders. On behalf of how many of these did Mr. Ignatieff plead when he met with the president? I think we know the answer—none.
So what’s Iggy and the rest of his Coalition up to? Just a lot of smoke and mirrors to grab as many headlines from a sympathetic press and news media anxious to make a buck and pander to ultra-liberal big-city (Toronto/Montreal/Vancouver) Canadians. Never mind that to suggest to President Obama that his country cannot deal fairly with Mr. Khadr could be interpreted as a gross insult to a country which justifiably prides itself on having one of the fairest legal systems in the world.