Bravo for do­ing the right thing

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

I won­der if all the out­raged pa­tri­ots spew­ing venom about Omar Khadr know his award is hardly unique. Gov­ern­ments in Aus­tralia and the U.K. were also forced to pay awards to cit­i­zens who were un­law­fully and in­hu­manely im­pris­oned by U.S. forces.

Canada ac­knowl­edged Khadr was a child sol­dier when it pleaded for the Amer­i­cans to not in­car­cer­ate him in a max­i­mum se­cu­rity unit, but when they went ahead and did it any­way, Canada did noth­ing. The gov­ern­ments of Chré­tien, Martin and Harper are com­plicit.

We may never know what hap­pened in that bat­tle. There is rea­son­able doubt Khadr did what he is ac­cused of do­ing, given how se­ri­ously he was in­jured at the time.

What we do know is that a teen sol­dier, clas­si­fied as a child un­der UN con­ven­tions, was held il­le­gally, tor­tured, not al­lowed le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tion and co­erced into a con­fes­sion he later re­tracted.

Fi­nally, Canada did the right thing for hav­ing vi­o­lated Khadr’s con­sti­tu­tional rights. Bravo. Tom Har­ri­son, Hamil­ton

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