Khadr no different than boy sailors
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,