Khadr was a child sol­dier

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

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

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