We should worry more about U.S. crimes

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

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

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