In many segments of Canadian society, Omar Khadr has been hailed as a sympathetic figure whose life story has afforded him speaking engagements at universities, pseudo-celebrity status, and now a payout from Canadian taxpayers’ that solidifies him as a rich man.
The reason for his newfound title of inspirational figure: his choice, as a 15-year-old Canadian citizen, to join al-Qaeda and eventually lob a grenade that would take the life of American Army Sgt. Christopher Speer. That was 2002, when Khadr was only 15 years old. It’s quite possible, as his attorneys and many supporters have argued, that he was at least a bit confused as to why, exactly, he had gone down a route of extremism.
Still, even his supporters could not argue against the factual reality that Khadr was a terrorist. Many would argue that he still is a radical, having not showed the requisite remorse, repentance, and acts of contrition that truly reformed terrorists most often do. He apologized to the victims of the families, but being set free from a maximum-security prison in 2015 has not served as the new lease on life Khadr had hoped.
In short, he wants money. And money he will get. $10.5 million, to be exact. Plus, a cherry on top in the form of an apology from the Canadian government.
How’s that one going to read?
“Sorry for treating you like a murderous, violent terrorist, won’t happen again.”
After suing the Canadian government for $20 million, Khadr’s legal counsel “argued Ottawa violated international law by not protecting its own citizen, and that Canada conspired with the U.S. in abusing him.”
The alleged abuses cited in Khadr’s lawsuit include an injury he sustained while being captured after a firefight with American soldiers that left him blind in one eye. Because, apparently, soldiers are expected to treat a member of al-Qaeda as if they were one of their own, not as if they were a killer of one of their own, as Khadr has admitted to being.
Khadr’s attorneys have also cited conditions post-capture at Guantanamo Bay, and the Canadian government’s inaction when alerted to these conditions as just cause for a financial windfall to Khadr:
‘The suit was in part based on a Supreme Court of Canada decision from 2010 that Canadian intelligence officials obtained evidence from Khadr under “oppressive circumstances,” such as sleep deprivation, during interrogations at Guantanamo Bay in 2003, and then shared that evidence with U.S agents and prosecutors.’
Sleep deprivation doesn’t sound very oppressive when you consider the tactics routinely used to obtain information from suspected, or admitted in Khadr’s case, terrorists. And for those that cite Khadr’s potential, eventual complete blindness as reason to have empathy for the man, consider the case of the victim he imposed maximum suffering upon.
It was not Sgt. Christopher Speer, whose life Khadr pled guilty to stealing when he admitted under oath to the murder in 2010. It was Speer’s wife and now-widow, Tabitha Speer.
Her $134.2 million awarded damages will never bring back her husband. She likely would forego the money without a second thought if it would. But to make matters even more tragic, she likely won’t ever see a dime of that money, as Canadian experts say it is nearly impossible for the damages to be collected from Khadr.
Here’s an idea: that $10.5 million that Justin Trudeau and his extremist-apologist government are handing as quietly as possible over to an admitted terrorist?
Give it to Tabitha Speer, and pay the rest of her settlement money while they’re at it.
Of course, that will not happen. Those who think like Trudeau and Barack Obama, who released Khadr to Canadian custody in 2015 likely knowing that he would be pardoned, see the payment of millions of dollars to terrorist murderers as just. They see it as a means to quelling the issues that led such deranged individuals to join terrorist groups in the first place.
The Canadian government released a statement which read, in part, that they "hope that this expression, and the negotiated settlement reached with the government, will assist him in his efforts to begin a new and hopeful chapter in his life with his fellow Canadians."
Fortunately, true Canadians know that a man who began murdering at the age of 14 and spent eight years in a prison for terrorists, while men interrogated and deemed not to be threats were released in the interim, is not their “fellow Canadian.” Unlike their Prime Minister, common Canadians know that inviting potential terrorists, much less convicted, admitted murderous jihadists, into their provinces is not something that they can stand for.
And they haven’t.
Despite the vocal left continuing to champion Khadr, inviting him to speak on campuses while parading him around as an example of the perils of misled youth, others have demanded that he receive no funding nor an apology.
Those signatures were attained in less than 48 hours, showing just how out of touch Canadian leadership is with its largely rational, empathetic people.
Most human rights groups have, and will continue to see, the apology and payout to Khadr as a precedent that shows violations of humans’ rights, even in Guantanamo, will have significant penalties. When it comes to Khadr, the evidence of extensive abuse outside of the normal means of interrogation- terrorist intel acquisition techniques specifically- is simply not there.
Forget the embrace of Islam in Canada, that has been long underway. With this unprecedented case, we have seen the embrace of terrorists in Canada, and it comes in the form of an apology and a $10.5 million check.