Sunday, September 30, 2012
Omar Khadr Repatriated
After ten years, Canada has finally repatriated child soldier Omar Khadr. Ten years. A decade. Canada, known as a haven for compassion and human rights was the only country not to take its own citizen back from Guantanamo. This isn't about whether or not Khadr is guilty of anything. Courts here are capable of deciding that and deciding what to do about it. It's about allowing a citizen to remain in a prison that in and of itself is illegal. The use of torture against prisoners is illegal under the Geneva Convention. By allowing Khadr to remain there, Canada was complicit. For shame. Those who say that although he was only 15 at the time of his alleged crime (a child under the law) he was old enough to know right from wrong. That he already had a "terrorist" frame of mind because of his upbringing. What do you think ten years in a torture chamber likely did to his way of thinking? The racist, mean-spirited comments that have been directed towards Khadr. For shame. Ten years is a long time. The repercussions of this entire fiasco will last much longer.