Khadr de­serves even more

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Omar Khadr

I have been feel­ing de­pressed by the num­ber of big­oted and xeno­pho­bic Cana­di­ans rant­ing about Omar Khadr. I now re­al­ize though that many are just ig­no­rant.

If every­one knew all the facts, I have to think the re­ac­tion would be dif­fer­ent. At his sec­ond mil­i­tary trial in 2006, eye­wit­ness re­ports came to light that re­vealed Khadr was dis­cov­ered un­con­scious, prob­a­bly stunned by the ini­tial blast that de­stroyed the com­pound. Re­ports emerged that an adult Mu­ja­hedeen fighter also sur­vived, and it was this fighter, later killed, who prob­a­bly threw the grenade that killed Sgt. Speer.

Khadr was later shot in the back by Amer­i­can troops. Im­pris­oned, and made to do things to make his in­juries worse. He was hung from his wrists and forced to uri­nate on him­self and then roll in it. Canada wanted him de­clared a child sol­dier, but that wish was ig­nored and he was sent to the worst part of Gitmo. He was tor­tured again and again.

His rights were vi­o­lated. There is more than rea­son­able doubt he didn’t do what he was ac­cused of do­ing. He de­serves all of his half of the $10 mil­lion, and more. Karen Ross, Hamil­ton

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