Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Politics of Omar Khadr

I am a mother. Specifically, I am the mother of a fifteen soon-to-be sixteen year-old boy.

So when I watched the video of Omar Khadr released today, it was impossible for me not to see my own son sitting there. In fact, ever since the Toronto Star published excerpts of 'Guantanamo's Child' back in March (which have now disappeared from the cache while this photo lives on in my blog and brings me many, many hits), I have had occasion to imagine my own son in that situation. Dragged out of his home by his psycho parents, shot and nearly killed, isolated, sleep deprived and probably worse, raised in a prison...

The very thought of it makes me physically nauseous.

All of which makes me wonder, what the FUCK is wrong with people? Is there some gene missing from your average conservative that makes them incapable of compassion or empathy? Because believe me, I can guarantee that every single person who has posted a blog post or an article comment like this...

Why are we as a country even responsible for this man? He left this country to fight for a terrorist force that lives to control others. By doing so he turned his back on everything Canadian and everybody that holds those values dear. Let him rot down there and be done with him.

... voted for Stephen Harper in the last election.

Really, is this who you are? Is this what conservatism is all about? Is this what Christian-based values are all about? Spewing venom upon children raised in a poisonous environment and forced to fight for a cause that they neither understand nor have the capacity to object to, incarcerated in an illegal prison roundly condemned by every country on the planet outside of North America?

Please, if there is a single conservative/Conservative who thinks that this is horribly, fundamentally wrong, please raise your hand.

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?


  1. You already know I think he's getting what he deserves. Actually I think the experience will be quite good for him. He'll always know now that actions have consequences, some of them very severe.

    I also feel many people, yourself included, have been victimized by the propaganda of team Khadr. This family milked Canada, milks it still, and has been a huge embarrassment to it. That we raised a home-grown terrorist speaks volumes about our failed multicultural state.

    I say we leave them there until the Americans feel he's no longer worth having. When he's released, make him get down on his knees and thank Canada, not God, but Canada, for being an advanced society that would let a known terrorist back into the fold.

    So there's your compassion Jennifer.

  2. P.S.: I did not vote for Stephen Harper in 2006. It's a big secret. Shhhhhhh....

  3. RA,
    How much punishment is enough for Omar Khadr? That he had to experience war as a child? That he was severely wounded in that war? That he has been held in an off shore US prison on dubious charges for six or seven years? That his internment includes violent interrogation?

    Where does it end?

  4. RA, may the consequences of your actions forever be pointed out to you.

  5. Boris, I don't know where it ends. It would be nice if the Americans would wrap things up soon and either sentence him or release him. But that does not atone for his [secular] sins.

    Geekwad, I live with the consequences of my actions every single day.

  6. Lt.C. Ralph Peters on Omar Khadr Gitmo Tape: "We should have killed that punk on a battlefield where it was legal to do so!"

    Watch video at

  7. Canada's present version of "conservative" politics isn't about doing the right thing, it's about being right.

    Long gone are the Progressive Conservatives who kinda/sorta/maybe did care about people and did try to do well by them. Instead they've been replaced with a bunch of people who want to be seen as being correct, people who want to take the moral highground, but don't care about the consequences of their actions, nor do they care about others.

    It's too bad. Conservatism used to be about small government, opposition to large corporations, and steering the course as long as the course made sense. Now it's all about tax cuts, outsourcing public safety, and ideology.

    The pendulum will eventually swing back to sanity, but I'm worried about what we'll lose in the meantime.

  8. Hypocrisy of the "Repatriate Omar Khadr to Canada" Movement

    As soon as the Gitmo interrogation tape of Omar Khadr hit the Internet, the blogosphere was flooded with demands to repatriate him to Canada. This wave is reminiscent of a Soviet campaign to free Luis Corvalán from the "fascist regime" of Augusto Pinochet thirty five years ago. The scenario is strikingly similar. A "victim" held by "fascist regimes" this time run by Bush and Harper, and a public outcry for justice. Except for the fact that Luis Corvalán didn't kill anyone and didn't fight for a terrorist group that wants to impose Sharia.

    The "repatriate Khadr" crowd describes him as "a child", "a kid", "a boy", and even "a torture victim", with no facts to substantiate the torture claims notwithstanding. They complain about Khadr being mistreated, again, without anything to back up their claims. Some of them are outraged about "child abuse." And they all scream for justice.

    They want justice? OK, let's talk about JUSTICE. What about justice for Sgt. First Class Christopher J. Speer, who was (according to an eyewitness) murdered by this "child"? What about justice for Tabitha Speer, who is a widow because of this "kid"? What about justice for Taryn and Tanner Speer, who are left without a father by this "a boy"? And what about all those Afghani civilians and NATO troops who are a little bit safer because this "torture victim" is behind bars? How many of these "repatriate Khadr" hypocrites concern themselves with justice for real victims? In literally hundreds of posts, we couldn't find a single one.

    One would ask, what is the reason for this idiocy? The answer is simple. Ignorance. Complete and utter ignorance. Let's forget for a second that Omar Khadr killed Christopher Speer. Let's forget that Khadr's father was an al Qaeda financier. Let's forget that Khadr's family is known for it being al Qaeda sympathizers. Let's just remember what this "child" was fighting for in Afghanistan.

    This is what Taliban-imposed Sharia looks like in real life:

    Why don't all of you, bleeding heart demagogues go to Afghanistan and spend a day in a Taliban-controlled territory? And let's talk about Khadr when you get back. If you get back.