Khadr ou­trage puts Is­lam­o­pho­bia on dis­play

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION - SUB­MIS­SIONS: LET­TERS@THES­PEC.COM RE: Omar Khadr

I am amazed at the ig­no­rance of so many peo­ple about the case of Omar Khadr. Suc­ces­sive court rul­ings found his rights as a Cana­dian cit­i­zen were vi­o­lated re­peat­edly while he was held with­out le­gal coun­sel or pro­tec­tion. Pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments un­der Stephen Harper, Paul Martin and Jean Chré­tien did noth­ing while he was im­prop­erly im­pris­oned.

Tes­ti­mony at his kan­ga­roo court trial showed he was buried un­der rub­ble when res­cued, and it was very un­likely he even com­mit­ted the act. Of course, the Amer­i­cans dis­al­lowed that ev­i­dence, from one of their own per­son­nel.

Justin Trudeau didn’t cre­ate this mess, he in­her­ited it. Ac­cept­ing the out-of-court set­tle­ment was the right thing to do as go­ing to trial prob­a­bly would have led to an even higher award.

That so many con­tinue to con­demn the jus­ti­fi­able set­tle­ment shows how Is­lam­o­pho­bia and xeno­pho­bia con­tinue to be ram­pant, es­pe­cially among Cana­dian con­ser­va­tives. E. M. MacAvoy, Burling­ton

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