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July 17, 2008

Omar Khadr Cries On Video From Guantanamo Prison

Omar Khadr has been in custody since 2002 and he was 15. His lawyer released a video of an interview that shows the young prisoner crying and obviously in distress. The 2003 video is of Khadr being interrogated by Canadian agents. He seems disorientated and complains of poor medical treatment. His lawyer wants the world to grow some empathy for the young man who is supposed to face a military tribunal.

Khadr is accused of tossing a grenade that killed a US solider in Afghanistan. He was shot and taken into custody at the time of the crime when he was just 15 years old. Eight hours of interrogation footage was released in Edmonton, Alberta and a 10 minute segment ran on the Internet.

Khadr’s defense team is lobbying for him to be returned to Canada. The tapes were meant to show that Khadr has been vilified by the media. The footage also was meant to show that he was being treated as an adult the entire time he was in custody even though he was still a minor.

It was a very sad segment to watch. You see this kid on the tape begging for help form authorities that were not that sympathetic. I’ve seen documentaries and news segments about the notorious Khadr family. I know about the alleged ties to al Queda and the fact that US Special Forces Sgt. 1st Class Christopher James Speer lost his life as a result of a grenade that Khadr may have thrown. I agree that if Khadr committed this crime he should be punished but I can not agree with a kid being held in the notorious Guantanamo Bay facility.

It seems that the Khadr family has a history of being involved with extremist groups. That would mean that a child born into the family would be born into that legacy. It is a hard decision when you have to figure out what to do with a child who is following the path that he was lead down. However one thing that you should not do is lock him up in a terrible facility and treat him as an adult.

Apparently Khadr is the last citizen of a Western country to be held at Guantanamo Bay. Every other country has demanded that their citizens be returned to their homelands. The Pentagon spokesman was not really open to discussing why Khadr is still in Guatanamo Bay. He said that the young man has been treated humanely and that he was not sleep deprived to weaken him before the Canadian interrogation. It was also noted that the young man has been charged with murder, attempted murder and conspiracy and support for terrorism and spying.

Khadr says that his father was with him when the battle broke out but abandoned him. The lawyers also state that at 15 boys must do what their father’s tell them to do. This case is a tough one. I do think that Khadr should be returned to Canada. If he is guilty than he should serve some sort of sentence, minus the years that he has been in American custody.

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  1. Muslims Against Sharia | Jul 18, 2008 | Reply

    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.

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