Does all this set a precedent?
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