Khadr was a child soldier
RE: Omar Khadr
I am saddened by all the negative reaction to the settlement given to Omar Khadr. Furthermore, blame must be levelled at the media. At the time, Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen, was only 15 years old and should have been afforded the protection of his identity as all other youths are when charged with a crime. The Canadian government should have demanded that his right not to be named be respected by the Americans and the Canadian media should have also respected this right and not revealed his identity.
If that had occurred, all we would know today is that the Canadian government made a settlement with a man, who at the time of his arrest and detention was a youth, and therefore cannot be identified today. Unfortunately, Khadr must live a very public life and endure the comments some people feel free to voice. I can only admire Khadr’s ability to speak calmly without malice or hate and hope that he finds the strength to continue to live in dignity. Jeanne Mayo, Hamilton