Terrorist apologists celebrate Gitmo release of ‘child soldier’ Omar Khadr


Canadian jihadist and convicted terrorist Omar Khadr is back on Canadian soil after being released from Gitmo.

Public safety minister confirms that Omar Khadr, youngest Guantanamo prisoner, has been repatriated to Canada – @CP24

— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) September 29, 2012

The Associated Press reports:

Vic Toews said Saturday that 26-year-old Omar Khadr arrived at a military base on a U.S. government plane early Saturday and has been transferred to Millhaven maximum security prison in Bath, Ontario.

Khadr pleaded guilty in 2010 to killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan and was eligible to return to Canada from Guantanamo Bay last October under terms of a plea deal.

Khadr was 15 when he was captured in 2002 in Afghanistan, and has spent a decade at Guantanamo, the U.S. naval base in Cuba.

"child soldier" Omar #Khadr transferred from GITMO to Canada – http://t.co/jfBLXBuN

— Daniel Graeber (@dan_graeber) September 29, 2012

A reminder from the Department of Defense:

Omar Khadr pleaded guilty, pursuant to a pre-trial agreement in a military commission, to murder in violation of the law of war, attempted murder in violation of the law of war, conspiracy, providing material support for terrorism, and spying.

Omar Khadr: Cdn gov't was urged to repatriate child soldier by Amnesty International, UNICEF and Canadian Bar Association.

— Everett Coldwell (@EverettColdwell) September 29, 2012

Terrorism apologists herald Khadr as a victim and an abused “child soldier.” The Weekly Standard destroys that argument:

Omar Khadr was not a “child soldier,” as he has been widely labeled. He worked for al Qaeda – a global terrorist organization. His was a teenager when his life was saved by American medics after an extended firefight. Teenagers are tried as adults in North America regularly. And Khadr clearly did not think of himself as a child when fighting American forces. According to the stipulation of fact agreed upon by both parties during Khadr’s military trial, Khadr refused to flee the firefight even after American soldiers asked for all women and children to evacuate the premises.

But try telling that to the morally bankrupt people who lionize Khadr.

If Omar #Khadr, child prisoner abused at #Gitmo, did what America accuses him of, he's not a criminal but an Afghan hero.

— w8eq (@w8eq) September 29, 2012

We have now, officially, made self defence terrorism. #OmarKhadr

— w8eq (@w8eq) September 29, 2012

This “hero” killed an actual hero, Sergeant First Class Christopher Speer, in an al Qaeda firefight with American forces.


RIP Christopher Speer, American Hero. I'm saddened that your killer is back among us. #Khadr shame

— Jeff Wareham (@BeyondFunds) September 29, 2012

Today please remember Sergeant First Class Christopher James Speer, who was murdered by the terrorist Omar Khadr. @CP24 @ezralevant

— Vince Tripp (@VinceTripp) September 29, 2012

And today Khadr’s release from Gitmo is being celebrated.

Welcome home to child soldier Omar #Khadr. I'd like to say it'll get better from here, but I'm pretty sure we'll continue to screw this up.

— Scott Gilmore (@Scott_Gilmore) September 29, 2012

Omar Khadr's return to Canada long overdue – Romeo Dallaire has done an amazing job on the issue of child soldiers, and deserves thanks

— Bob Rae (@BobRae48) September 29, 2012

After 9 long years of torture, abuse, mistreatment & vendetta Omar #Khadr is finally heading back home from #Guantanamo.

— Maher Arar (@ArarMaher) September 29, 2012

Child soldier Omar Khadr is finally repatriated to Canada from Guantanamo Bay, although he'll stay locked up. http://t.co/ZO2EqB8R

— Jacob Remes (@jacremes) September 29, 2012

Word out of Australia is that Khadr is en-route to Canada. if so, Welcome back, illegally detained child soldier, Omar Khadr. #cdnpoli

— LostAndFoundInCanada (@CdnImm) September 29, 2012

Finally #Khadr, child soldier who never shud have been charged in first place, going home. Canada must help reintegrate http://t.co/n5Mzv3TQ

— Laura Pitter (@Laurapitter) September 29, 2012

#Omar Khadr. Child soldier, Gitmo torture victim, Canada's foreign policy shame, comes home. About time!!!

— hyl (@H_Y_L) September 29, 2012

So Omar#Khadr is back in Canada. Let him be. He was a child soldier, tortured and denied basic human rights b/c of politics+islamophobia

— Rina S (@Rina_Syt) September 29, 2012

About time the Canadian government accepted responsibility for its brutality against a Canadian child in Afghanistan… http://t.co/z5QgSRHB

— Kevin Partridge (@kevinpartridge) September 29, 2012

Even when Harper, US "knew" of Omar Khadr's 'innocence' they kept him anyway; they tortured him anyway = "2 Country's, broke a child." dd

— ddsnorth ™ (@ddsnorth) September 29, 2012

The Globe and Mail referred to Khadr as “Canadian al-Qaeda terrorist and murderer Omar Khadr.” Evidently that accurate description is appalling to terrorism apologists.

@zchamu @globeandmail Exactly, it should have said "Illegally prosecuted and detained former child combatant" Omar Khadr.

— Paul Vermeersch (@PaulVermeersch) September 29, 2012

Welcome Home #OmarKhadr – I am sorry our Government did nothing to help you as a child soldier trapped in the hell that is #gitmo #cdnpoli

— Jessa McLean (@pinkolefty) September 29, 2012


Omar Khadr a child of 15 when he was sent to Guantanamo,he leaves as what is surely a angry bitter 24yr old man with the right to hate

— Norma Mather (@OldestKid) September 29, 2012

Glad that Omar Khadr is back in Canada, though it'll hardly make up for years and torture in Guantanamo after being a child soldier.

— Maddy (@fullofwhoa) September 29, 2012

@ezralevant Intolerant people like you make Canada less safe by spreading your Islamophobia and hate-mongering … Welcome Home Omar #Khadr!

— TS∑DAY (@Tseday) September 29, 2012

A prediction from Canadian commentator Ezra Levant:

Prediction: this Conservative govt will give Khadr more money than the 150 widows of our Cdn Forces killed in Afghanistan combined #cdnpoli

— Ezra Levant (@ezralevant) September 29, 2012

Put aside law & morality. From a political point of view Toews & Harper have slapped their base & encouraged their opponents with no payoff

— Ezra Levant (@ezralevant) September 29, 2012

Don't kid yourself. This was a Harper sop to Obama RT @clintupham: I don't blame Harper. Toews was the one who had some discretion #Khadr

— Ezra Levant (@ezralevant) September 29, 2012

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