Khadr case should have gone to court
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