Friday, July 18, 2008

So sad

I guess we are supposed to feel sorry for this kid.

I don't.

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.

1 comment:

Muslims Against Sharia said...

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.