I guess we are supposed to feel sorry for this kid.
Omar Khadr was captured in Afghanistan in 2002. He was imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, a guest courtesy of the United States, who captured him after he allegedly tossed a grenade that killed Special Forces Sgt 1st Class Christopher Speer of Albuquerque, New Mexico and permanently blinded another.
In the video, he complains that he is not receiving proper medical attention, and that he can't move his arms. In the segment that I saw, he moved his arms without any difficulty.
Navy Lt Cmdr William Kuebler, Khadr's US military lawyer, said the video shows "a frightened boy." "What you see in the video is a teenager begging for help," said Wells Dixon, a lawyer for the New York-based Centre for Constitutional Rights. That's right--Omar was 15 years old when he was captured.
15 years old. When I was 15, I was excited about the prospect of being able to drive a car. I certainly wasn't tossing grenades at the Special Forces. I think that the day you decide to juggle explosives and trade rounds with the elite of the US Army, you kind of forfeit your "child" status, don't you?
Khadr was born in Canada, but raised in Afghanistan (what's up with that?). His family, according to a Canadian report, is quite chummy with Al Qaeda, inviting them over for barbeques and summer trips to the beach. Well, okay maybe not, but the report does say his Egyptian-born father, Ahmed Said Khadr, and some of his brothers fought for al-Qaeda and had stayed with Osama bin Laden. Just the kind of people you want to kick back with a few cold ones you know, watch a little ESPN.
"During his last interrogation, according to the Canadian government report, Khadr is shown a picture of his family. He denied knowing anyone shown, but when left alone with it later, he urinated on the photograph." Marking territory? A new way of expressing filial devotion?
Nah. I think he's just a really creepy kid.
Remember--this "child" fights on the same side as these folks from the Religion of Peace. I am going to bet that the captured (now dead) Israeli soldiers didn't get lawyers or visits from the Red Cross. And guess what? I win!
"The soldiers' Hezbollah captors had withheld any information about them since they were taken, refusing to release pictures or allow the Red Cross to see them. It was not clear if Regev and Goldwasser were killed in the original raid or if they died in captivity."
International outcry? UN denunciations? Congressional calls for impeachment? Nope--all I hear is crickets, endlessly chirping . . .
Back to Khadr: Lt. Cmdr Kuebler says 'when this very scared 16-year-old boy finally figures out that the Canadians aren't going to do anything for him and are going to leave him there . . . he is devastated."
As devastated as the family of Sgt Speer? Or as devastated as the one who was blinded?
15 years old.