Bravo for doing the right thing
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