Khadr no dif­fer­ent than boy sailors

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

I have a big is­sue with this huge com­pen­sa­tion award to Omar Khadr and the flimsy ex­cuse that he was just a child or boy sol­dier. I can’t claim to have been a boy sol­dier but cer­tainly I was a boy sailor.

I joined the Royal Navy in 1955 at age 15 and was clas­si­fied as a Boy Sea­man, after one year of train­ing at HMS Ganges, I was posted to the Far East. I acted as an armed es­cort on con­voy du­ties and on the trains run­ning be­tween Pe­nang and Sin­ga­pore.

I car­ried a .303 ri­fle and a clip of five rounds of ammo. While I never had to fire my weapon, there is no doubt I was armed and dan­ger­ous.

At the Bat­tle of Jut­land, a 15-year-old boy sea­man was killed at his post and later was posthu­mously awarded the Vic­to­ria Cross. I fail to see a dif­fer­ence be­tween Khadr and our own boy sol­diers/sailors. While I didn’t have the wis­dom of age, I cer­tainly knew why I was there and what I was do­ing. Per­haps some­one can ex­plain why Khadr is con­sid­ered dif­fer­ent from our own boy sol­diers/sailors?

F. Ben Rodgers CD,

Abram Vil­lage

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