Outrage over Canada’s compensation for former Guantanamo child soldier is misguided

More than two years after he was out on bail, Khadr is engaged to be married and attending a private Christian university. Like many juveniles (including child soldiers) who have transitioned successfully into mainstream society, Khadr has shown every sign that his past is behind him.

Khadr remains to date the only child soldier who has been prosecuted for war crimes since World War II. At the time of his trial in front of a sham US military tribunal, Radhika Coomaraswamy, former UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, asserted that “Child soldiers must be treated primarily as victims and alternative procedures should be in place aimed at rehabilitation or restorative justice”.

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  • What f—ing university is hosting this douchebag?!

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      You just know that it HAS to be a university.

    • The Butterfly

      If I had to guess, Ryerson, or possibly York.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    And exactly how was Omar Khadr’s trial a sham again?
    I missed that part.

  • xavier

    The vast majority of child soldiers are inhabitants/citizens of the countries the fight in. Khadr chose to betray his country by choosing to fight as an illegal combatant. That’s the significant difference he should’ve been executed .fir being a traitor out of uniform.

  • simus1

    The teen son killer of a big shot high level terrorist buddy of osama bin laden is not a “child soldier” anywhere other than in some red fascist fantasy.

  • Truthhurts

    Sick.

  • Tooth&Claw

    He was not a child soldier. He was a religious guerilla. He was 15, he wore no uniform of any country’s army, didn’t enlist, and he fought against the U.S and Canada in Afghanistan.

    Stop pretending he was forced to do what he did. He did what he was taught by his parents and shared their beliefs.

    • terrence22

      and according to islam, a 15 year old male is a MAN.

      • Tooth&Claw

        I really don’t care that Islam considered him a man. They also consider nine year old girls women.

      • Gary

        The quran deems any muslim male over 13 as a valid warrior for islam to do jihad.
        We are now at risk for 14 year old suicide bombers and cleaver wielding muslims on the TTC that get cover by the YOA .

    • Editor

      Check the Omar Khadr wikipedia page. Only pictures are of him as a kid. They’re still pushing the “child soldier” narrative.

      • Tooth&Claw

        I wonder how they think a ‘child soldier’ will spend 10.5 million or more.

      • Gary

        That was the photo his mother gave the media via her muslim lawyer .

        Remember the Jordan Manners shooting inside the school over a drug deal gone bad. His mother blames the school while her lawyer got a photo of her sweet innocent son from about grade six when he was in grade 10 when murdered .

  • Editor

    What kind of “restorative justice” do you propose for Sergeant First Class Christopher Speer Ms Coomaraswamy?

    We need to get the hell out of the UN and stop giving them money.

  • Frances

    “In spite of being only 15 when…..” – Kelly Ellard and Nicole Cook – involved in the killing of Reena Virk in 1993 – were younger than young Khadr was at the time he threw the grenade. He’s also not a child soldier, as they are – by UN definition – both younger than 15 and impressed into service.

    Khadr had, before the firefight, spent more time living in Pakistan and Afghanistan than he did in Canada. So it is fair to say his upbringing was that of a male in those countries, where adulthood comes with puberty. The photo of Khadr at 14 shows him with facial hair, which Muslims consider a fairly definitive sign of adulthood. So, in their society, he was an adult. For this article to call him a “child soldier” is totally dishonest and ingenuous.

  • JohnfromToronto

    For the sake of argument let’s say he was a child soldier. His father’s dead so we couldn’t get him. But why has his mother (or others in his family) never been charged with whatever crime is involved in making someone a child soldier? Child abuse at least.

    • Gary

      I asked that question years ago when the CBC made Omar a victim of child-abuse while his Mother walk free on our streets . The CAS and Cops should have raided her home and cuffed her .
      Omar Khadr said he saw Maher Arar at an Al-Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan. Yet Arar got $10.2 million for harm in his homeland of Syria as a dual citizen where he was only a Canada for less than 4 year which he got at about 25 years old as a Syrian and he still has Syrian citizenship.
      Muslims will now come here to get a Passport and then globe trot to get in trouble via Jihad terrorism. Then get back to canada and sue us to get over $10 million under the Liberals .

  • Everyone Else

    The child soldier trope is based on stolen children.
    Khadr was getting into the family business.