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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Hero Status in Canada for a Jihadi

"In Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government announced that convicted terrorist Omar Khadr who in October 2010 had pleaded guilty to “murder in violation of the law of war, attempted murder in violation of the law of war, spying, conspiracy and providing material support for terrorism,” was to receive a $10M ‘compensation’ for his troubles and an official apology from the Government of Canada."
"Mr. Khadr, now 30, was 15 in July 2002 when he lived in an Afghan compound with a group of bomb-building Islamic jihadis planting roadside explosives. Afterwards, U.S. troops stormed the house and this is where a grenade thrown by Khadr killed Sergeant Christopher Speer, a medic who was helmetless and dressed in Afghan clothing."
"It is true that at the time Omar Khadr committed his act of terror and murder, he was only 15 years old, but in the context of the war against civilization by Islamic terrorists, be they from the Taliban, ISIS, Al-Shabab or Boko Haram, the vast number of volunteers who have taken up arms and carried out war crimes are in their teens."
"For bleeding-heart liberals whose guilt-ridden frame of mind cannot comprehend beyond the storybook picture of the child soldiers hired by African war lords, this may be a shock, but the ultimate hero of Muslims in the part of the world Omar Khadr was photographed making IEDs, is the 8th century 17-year old Arab invader of India called Muhammad Bin Qasim, and from Kabul to Karachi every child jihadi wishes to emulate the rape and plunder of this Arab jihadi. We are not dealing with the God’s Army in Uganda or the Liberian child soldiers of the 1990s."
"The Muslim boys who go to fight jihad do so not under any pressure, but for the lure of entering Paradise and meeting the opposite gender for the first time. This may sound bizarre to the non-Muslim, but trust me, this is not fiction nor propaganda."
Tarek Fatah, journalist, Muslim Pakistani-Canadian
Omar Khadr FILES July 4/17
Omar Khadr is set to receive $10.5 million in compensation for his years behind bars at Guantanamo Bay and an official apology from the Government of Canada. (David Bloom/Postmedia Network/Files)
Omar Khadr of the infamous Egyptian-Canadian Khadr family of unreconstructed Islamist Salafists who proudly and very publicly pronounced their support for al-Qaeda, as familiars of Osama bin Laden, is to be rewarded for his jihadist exploits. His father Ahmed posed as a noble figure, an Islamic scholar who raised funds for Muslim charity. The charity he fund-raised for was al-Qaeda. He had, at one point, been imprisoned in Pakistan for terrorism, but former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien persuaded then-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto to release him.

Omar and his brothers were taken by their father to Afghanistan where they were dispatched to jihad  training camps and taught to use firearms and to produce improved explosive devices, after which they were in position to join the jihadist terrorist groups to fight against the U.S.-led coalition battling the Taliban and al-Qaeda. It was in an Afghan village that Omar Khadr fought with other jihadists against an American military group. He threw an explosive that killed an American medic and blinded another American soldier.

For the first fifteen years of his life this man was steeped in Islamist ideology of violent jihad, along with the rest of his siblings. His mother was a deeply committed supporter of al-Qaeda just as his father was, who was killed in a firefight with Pakistani security forces close to the Afghan border, along with other members of al-Qaeda and the Taliban. The Khadr family returned to Canada to take advantage as citizens, of its universal health care and welfare system. But that didn't stop Omar Khadr's mother and sister from taunting Canadians with their loyalty to violent jihad.

The explosive that Omar Khadr, fighting alongside other Islamists in July 2002 used against American soldiers killed U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Christopher Speer. Layne Morris, another American soldier was blinded. And Khadr was seriously wounded in the firefight. His life was saved by the medical attention he received from U.S. war medics, one of whom he had killed. In the Middle East as in Africa, it is not uncommon for teens to be involved in conflict, as Omar Khadr was; certainly his mother and father saw honour in sending their young son to the battlefield.

He was, in essence, a combatant against those from the Western militaries who joined forces to battle violently hostile Islamist forces who not only slaughtered victims abroad but effectively threatened and dispatched jihadists and alternately persuaded Muslims there to do the same in Europe and North America. Yet the Government of Canada under Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has seen fit to 'compensate' this Islamist jihadist, now 30 years of age and comfortable living a Canadian life, to the tune of ten million dollars.

Omar Khadr, in fact had felt entitled as a Canadian Islamist to hold Canada guilty through collaborating with the United States for the torture he claims to have suffered while a long-term prisoner at Guantanamo, because Canadian intelligence aided in his interrogation and conveyed information about him to their American counterparts. He was seeking $20-million in his civil lawsuit against the Canadian government; which is to say, to extract funding from taxpayers in Canada to soothe his anguish over having been held to account for his crimes.

The Supreme Court of Canada has, in effect, upheld his contention that a breach of Canada's international human rights obligations had taken place, ostensibly victimizing this man under Section 7 Charter rights. This is a typical interpretation for the current makeup of the Supreme Court. Just as it is typical for the current Liberal-led government to cast its support in favour of those they choose to consider having been wronged by Canada's interpretation of security needs to keep the nation safe from the malign efforts of those like Omar Khadr.
"When you get a judgement in another country, in a legal system that Canada generally recognizes, like the U.S., you need to get a court in Canada to recognize that judgement. So you'd being an action in Canada to get the Utah judgement recognized."
"I suspect that they didn't do that previously because (Khadr) had no assets. So you'd be spending money on legal fees, coming to court with no prospect of recovering anything. So now that there are assets, in theory at least, they should be able to get the judgement enforced ... I'd be surprised if they didn't." 
Howard Anglin, former deputy chief of staff, legal adviser to former Prime Minister Stephen Harper
The 'they' that Mr. Anglin refers to represents two people, Layne Morris whom Khadr's explosive had blinded, along with Tabitha Speer, widow of Christopher Speer, the medic whom Khadr had killed when he threw that explosive for that very purpose. They had been given a judgement of $134 million in a Utah court in 2015, a settlement unenforceable since at the time the man they sued, Omar Khadr, had no resources. Now, should the Government of Canada follow through and present the former jihadist with that financial apology, they have an avenue opened to collect.

And a different type of justice may just prevail.

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