Today, Omar Khadr admitted to a U.S. military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay that he committed war-crimes, including throwing a grenade that killed a U.S. medic in Afghanistan in 2002. With his guilty plea, he will, apparently, avoid a possible life sentence that could have resulted had he pressed on with his trial.
According to military justice, Khadr’s military jury will have an opportunity to deliver its own sentence, and he will receive the lesser of his plea agreement or the jury sentence.
Khadr is the last Western citizen to be held at Guantanamo and the only person who has been charged in connection with the death of an American in Afghanistan.
I have no sympathy for the young man or his family. They chose terrorism over a peaceful life in Canada, and it did not work out well for them. That’s life: As you sow, so shall you reap. And I’ll not waste my or readers’ time debating whether or not he’s a child soldier.
At 15, I was quite capable of deciding what was right and what was wrong; I assume he too knew the difference. In the fog of battle, he could have aimed high, so to speak, so it’s highly unlikely he was forced to kill anyone. Much of the outpouring of sympathy for him has more to do with anti-Harper sentiment here in Canada and anti-Americanism in general, i.e., politics as usual, and I’m not buying it.