This morning’s National Post is full of articles suggesting that Canadian-born Omar Khadr will plead guilty to all war crimes charges he faces, including murder, and is, apparently, ready to serve a total of eight years in prison, seven of which may well be served in Canada.
Should this occur, we’ll finally have a sort of resolution to a sticky legal issue over how Canadians feels about “enemy combatants” as the United States has dubbed so-called “unlawful combatants” captured in Afghanistan and elsewhere. These unlawful combatants are persons who the United States believes do not qualify for prisoner-of-war status under the Geneva Conventions, such as alleged members of al Qaeda or of the Taliban.
Had the 15-year-old Khadr killed a policeman in Toronto because of his political beliefs—or those of his father—he would have been tried for murder and, perhaps, terrorist-related crimes. And, despite his age, he may very well have been transferred to adult court and received an adult sentence under Canadian law.
But because Khadr was captured in the village of Ayub Kheyl, Afghanistan after allegedly killing an American soldier, many Canadians want him treated as a “child soldier” and given the benefit of international law.
Curious how this confessed murderer and terrorist has gotten such sympathy from a cross-section of Canadians.
A Canadian civilian throwing a grenade at a Canadian ally in an armed conflict of which Canada was a party. Is this not treasonous? Do we owe anything to those who take up arms against us or our allies? I think not.
Terrorism is a modern scourge that strikes at us without warning and without mercy. Innocent lives are snuffed out because madmen decide their cause is just and any means justifies their ends. Yet, in Canada, no act is so terrible someone won’t have sympathy for the perpetrator, especially if the victim is an American.
I hope Omar Khadr rots in an American jail. I feel no sympathy whatever for the man.