Khadr case should have gone to court

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Our laws say we owe Khadr (July 6)

The an­swer to the crit­i­cal ques­tion of whether Omar Khadr was a will­ing com­bat­ant or was forced to be a boy sol­dier will never be an­swered. The youngest au­then­ti­cated Bri­tish sol­dier to will­ingly fight in the First World War was 12. His name was Sid­ney Lewis and he fought at the Bat­tle of the Somme in 1916, and he wasn’t the only one. The youth of to­day are more street savvy and so­phis­ti­cated than they were 20 years ago, let alone in 1916.

I be­lieve it is within the realm of pos­si­bil­ity that Khadr was a will­ing com­bat­ant, knew ex­actly what he was do­ing, and only he knows the truth.

The writer says we own him un­der the law. If Khadr, a Cana­dian ci­ti­zen, was a will­ing com­bat­ant, he could also be a traitor, be­cause Canada was also en­gaged in the war in Afghanistan. Should this have gone to court, yes, for many rea­sons, one of them be­ing, this has be­come politi­cized.

If Khadr is due jus­tice it should be re­ceived through the courts that are far more in­de­pen­dent than our po­lit­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives. Joe Gae­tan, Burling­ton

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