Jul 23 2008

Globe&Post: Omar Khadr And The Wisdom Of The Canadian Crowd

Published by at 8:48 pm under Uncategorized

Either a full 60 per cent of Canadians really do hate brown people, or the president of the Canadian Islamic Congress owes Canada’s Prime Minister an immediate apology (Read Who’s Really Playing Politics With Omar Khadr, Mr. Elmasry?).

An Ipsos Reid poll result released today shows that a video released by supporters of the alleged grenade tossing son of Al Queda, Omar Khadr, has done nothing to change Canadians minds about his detention in Gitmo (National Post). NP stringer James Cowan writes:

The results also demonstrate public support for Stephen Harper’s decision not to intervene in the case. Overall, 60% of people said they believe Mr. Khadr should remain in U. S. custody, while 40% said he should be immediately returned to Canada. “The Prime Minister has echoed the sentiments of the country,” Mr. Wright said. “His position on this is pretty sound and opinion is pretty firm.”

That actually puts me in a minority, since I stated in my last post that Khadr ought to be sent to Canada to face trial. Can’t say I’m all that disappointed in the majority of Canadians who likely made the calculation that Omar Khadr, his family and their supporters may represent a dire security threat to the nation — and that should outweigh any other considerations.

Perhaps the majority is right after all about the downside of repatriating Khadr to Canada. I’m still not convinced. But I’m open to arguments.

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3 Responses to “Globe&Post: Omar Khadr And The Wisdom Of The Canadian Crowd”

  1. Muslims Against Shariaon 27 Jul 2008 at 9:04 pm

    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 Corval├ín 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 Corval├ín 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: http://muslimsagainstsharia.blogspot.com/2000/07/hypocrisy-of-repatriate-omar-khadr-to.html

    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.

  2. jnarveyon 28 Jul 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Just a timely note on comment etiquette: The response from Muslims Against Sharia appears to be a pasted word-for-word copy of a blog post rather than a customized comment.

    Not anything wrong with that in principle, but the guy could have at least taken out the “bleeding heart demagogues” bit at the end that one might reasonably believe is ascribed to me.

    Bleeding heart? Moi?

  3. Hilaryon 29 Jul 2008 at 9:40 am

    I think Canada should definitely repatriate Khadr. Here’s a petition to ask Stephen Harper, Canada’s PM, to do that: http://go.care2.com/15898432

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