Why peo­ple are up­set over Khadr

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Omar Khadr

I find it re­pul­sive that the race card and the Is­lam­o­pho­bia term is be­ing used to de­scribe peo­ple who dis­agree with the gov­ern­ment de­ci­sion to com­pen­sate Omar Khadr. The ma­jor­ity of Canadian peo­ple are up­set with the PMO be­cause 156 Canadian lives were lost in the war on ter­ror­ism in Afghanistan, and thou­sands more were in­jured.

Many of the re­turn­ing Canadian mil­i­tary per­son­nel find them­selves fight­ing de­pres­sion and PTSD. Since their re­turn many veter­ans have fallen into home­less­ness, de­spair and sui­cide. The Canadian sol­dier fought against al-Qaida and the Tal­iban who slaugh­tered the peo­ple of Afghanistan — Afghans who, with the ex­cep­tion of a small per­cent­age of Chris­tians, were Mus­lim. The Canadian mil­i­tary not only de­fended th­ese peo­ple but also helped build hos­pi­tals and schools for the Afghans. The peo­ple of Canada are not so much up­set with the com­pen­sa­tion of some­one whose fam­ily is well doc­u­mented to have ties with ter­ror­ist groups, but rather that the death of 156 Cana­di­ans seems point­less. Pa­trick Howse, Hamilton

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