Thursday, May 07, 2015

Omar coming! 

After 13 years, Omar Khadr is finally out of jail.

The Harper Con reaction to Omar Khadr's release on bail reminds me of The Wire:

I can laugh at the ridiculous over-reaction of the Harper Cons to the news of Omar Khadr's release, but this has been a shameful episode in Canadian history:

"We left a child -- a Canadian child -- in Guantanamo Bay to suffer tortureā€¦ We, Canada, participated in this torture . . . Canadians should be deeply disturbed that the rights of a fellow citizen - even one whose family and name are unpopular - were so callously abused and ignored."

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Maybe you could adopt this "child" then? I personally think he's a POS that would look real good hanging on the end of a rope. What you're really forgetting about here is baby omar's family who are currently living in Canada such as his wheelchair bound brother who was injured fighting with jihadists? You forget about baby omar's father who was killed also fighting for jihadists? Yeah but I bet you think that the rest of his family are just fine loving peaceful Canadian everyday folk?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:58 pm  

Yes, his family is despicable. But being offensive is, thankfully, is not illegal in Canada. If they do something illegal, then charge them and throw them in jail.

By Blogger Cathie from Canada, at 10:10 pm  

Finally a little bit of justice for someone so badly abused by the US and Canada.

I am impressed by the Cons' reaction: mad hysteria based on a total lack of evidence suits them

And they are consistent.

Anon above sounds like one of Harper's aides.

By Blogger jrkrideau, at 7:23 am  

Listening to his interview, he seemed like quite a reasonable guy and didn't sound bitter. While time will only tell, it looks like it was the right decision. The decision to keep him behind bars or not should be based on public safety not revenge thus only keep him behind bars if you think there is a high risk he will re-offend or could be a danger to the public.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:01 pm  

I was impressed that OK clearly and unequivocally renounced terrorism when he addressed reporters. It was unexpected, and disarmed me immediately. I had never been sympathetic to him personally, although due to his youth I felt he deserved different treatment than the hardened adult AQ true believers. Torturing a child accomplished nothing. Less than nothing, as it was certainly used to recruit others.

As well, his conviction wasn't in a legitimate proceeding by any civilized definition. It was rigged from its conception.

By Anonymous Waha, at 4:05 pm  

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