Canada's left likes 2 pretend they hate war criminals but Omar Khadr is their hero. #cdnpoli—
Regulus de Leo (@RegulusdeLeo) September 29, 2012
Canadian jihadist and convicted terrorist Omar Khadr is back on Canadian soil after being released from Gitmo.
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.
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.
This “hero” killed an actual hero, Sergeant First Class Christopher Speer, in an al Qaeda firefight with American forces.
And today Khadr’s release from Gitmo is being celebrated.
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 (@bobraeMP) 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 Sytcheva (@Rina_Syt) 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.
Omar Khadr is back in Canada. This child soldier should never of been in Gitmo. Thanks to Amnesty and other groups for this.—
Marion Pollack (@MarionPollack1) 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.—
mad as a fish (@fullofwhoa) September 29, 2012
A prediction from Canadian commentator Ezra Levant:
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