Khadr guilty of high trea­son

He be­came an en­emy to Canada and for­feited all Cana­dian rights and cit­i­zen­ship

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OPINION - BY DON­ALD BARTLETT Don­ald Bartlett of Char­lot­te­town is the son of a Cana­dian vet­eran of the Sec­ond World War

I read Nathan Hood’s opin­ion Re: Omar Khadr. He is en­ti­tled to his opin­ion, so am I. Mr. Hood goes on at great length of Khadr’s im­pris­on­ment and tor­ture while in de­ten­tion. He fails to men­tion that it was the author­i­ties from the U.S.A. who im­pris­oned and tor­tured him.

So far as I am aware, Cana­dian author­i­ties did not tor­ture Khadr. They may have called him a liar but this is not tor­ture.

Cana­dian author­i­ties may also have re­leased the re­sults of their in­ter­ro­ga­tions of Khadr to U.S author­i­ties, whether or not this vi­o­lated Khadr’s rights, I do not know for sure.

Let’s talk about Khadr’s rights. He was born a Cana­dian cit­i­zen and there­fore en­joyed the rights and free­doms that all of us in Canada en­joy. But, in 2002 in Afghanistan, all that changed.

The U.S.A. was at war in Afghanistan and Cana­dian troops were also there as al­lies.

At 15 years of age, Omar Khadr made a con­sci­en­tious de­ci­sion to as­sist in mak­ing bombs and take up arms against U.S. sol­diers and there­fore Canada as well. (His fa­ther and brother had also tu­tored him.)

By mak­ing th­ese de­ci­sions, Khadr be­came an en­emy to Canada and in my opin­ion for­feited all of his Cana­dian rights and his Cana­dian cit­i­zen­ship.

This some­thing that could be con­sid­ered like the Old English Com­mon Law tra­di­tion (it is a law but not writ­ten down).

Khadr should be pros­e­cuted with high trea­son un­der the Crim­i­nal Code of Canada.

But in­stead, we, the Cana­dian tax­payer, are giv­ing him an apol­ogy and $10.5 mil­lion.

What a dis­grace.

One thing all Cana­di­ans should re­mem­ber — when they think of the name Omar Khadr, think of the word traitor.

My fa­ther served in the Sec­ond World War and was a hero, as were all the men and women who fought for Canada in all of her wars.

My dad’s medals hang proudly in our home. If he were alive to­day, he would ab­so­lutely re­turn his medals to the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment — in ab­so­lute dis­gust.

Ap­par­ently about 70 per cent of Cana­di­ans feel the Gov­ern­ment of Canada made the wrong call.

So they are def­i­nitely not speak­ing on be­half of all Cana­di­ans.


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