We should worry more about U.S. crimes
RE: We have lost direction, letter (July 7)
In deriding the settlement with Omar Khadr, the writer says: “I thought I lived in a country of laws and values. I guess everything changes.” Actually, it is precisely because of Canadian laws and values that the settlement was made.
Child soldiers are protected under Canadian and international law. The U.S. (who trained 10-year-olds from Laotian Hill tribes to fight the North Vietnamese) has never been known to respect the law when it comes to warmongering.
They sent a 15-year-old to Guantanamo for 10 years to be tortured and forced into confessing. Two Canadian Supreme Court rulings found that Canadian law and the Charter of Rights were violated. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had the courage to compensate Khadr for this injustice.
While there is not space here to give a full account of the rigged U.S. military trial of Khadr, from the evidence (eye witnesses, photos and medical evidence) it is apparent to objective observers, that Khadr was railroaded. One example: a U.S. military eyewitness said that Khadr was buried under rubble with severe wounds and could not have thrown a grenade as later described by the military court prosecutors. This witness was not allowed to testify at trial nor was his report allowed to be submitted.
Those who are concerned about Khadr’s “war crimes” should be more concerned about U.S. war crimes (torture, murder and sexual assaults) at Guantanamo.
Not to mention the hundreds of thousands of civilians killed in Afghanistan and Iraq by U.S. actions. Rex Meade, Dundas