Does all this set a prece­dent?

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Our laws say we owe Khadr (June 6)

We do not know what 15-year-old com­bat­ant Omar Khadr was think­ing when he threw a grenade killing a U.S. sol­dier. We do know that a 15-year-old child sol­dier was griev­ously wounded, cap­tured, in­car­cer­ated and tor­tured by U.S. forces at Guan­tanamo for more than 10 years. Then the rel­a­tives of the U.S. sol­diers wounded and killed in the com­bat ac­tion against en­emy sol­diers (that is what Khadr and his com­pan­ions thought they were) filed and won a $134-mil­lion law­suit against him to be col­lected at a fu­ture date.

This is a most in­ter­est­ing out­come as it sets a prece­dent for the fil­ing of sim­i­lar law­suits by en­emy com­bat­ants for dam­ages caused by U.S. sol­diers for killing and wound­ing their com­pa­tri­ots. Just imag­ine how many mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar suits that should now be right­fully filed for the killing and wound­ing of en­emy sol­diers and par­tic­u­larly those in­no­cents con­sid­ered “collateral dam­age.”

What is that say­ing about what’s good for the goose? Ed­ward A. Col­lis, Burling­ton

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