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He’s coming back


After some degree of wrangling over the necessary paperwork, a request for the transfer of Omar Khadr is now in the hands of the Harper government.

Though Vic Toews’ office has attempted to distance itself from Omar Khadr’s legal arrangement, the Harper government assured the U.S. administration that it would look “favourably” upon a transfer ahead of Mr. Khadr’s plea deal.


He’s coming back

  1. By “favourably” did Harper mean “we favourably don’t want him to come back to Canada”?

  2. Oh, Karma…

  3. Has Canadian government told us yet where the war criminal will be living? 

    • The Chief is at 24 Sussex in Ottawa, while the Defence Minister and various others who handed detainees over to Afghan authorities for torture live at various locations throughout the country.

      • 24 Sussex?

        The Chief is retired and living in Montreal, he should not be too hard to find if we are looking for other Canadian war criminals.

        TorStar ~ Oct 2009:
        Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff has told a British newspaper that Canada dispatched Maher Arar to Syria to be tortured.

        • Tony refers to this article(Tony’s quote in bold):

          Ignatieff gets his facts wrong in Arar case

          Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff has told a British newspaper that Canada dispatched Maher Arar to Syria to be tortured.
          Ignatieff made the erroneous statement in an interview published in September in The Observer
          while clarifying his stand against torture. 


          That some sort of disorder forces you to lie is the only explanation I can imagine.

    • I’d imagine he’d be in Kingston Pen, would he not?  At least until he becomes eligible for parole, or his sentence is completed in October of 2018.

      • From Canadian Press article Wherry links to – 

        “As it now stands, Khadr would be eligible for parole under Canadian rules when he does get back, which sources have told The Canadian Press could be by the end of next month.”

        I assume Khadr will be paroled – putting war criminals in jail is not something Canadian authorities will be keen to do because jail doesn’t work and putting people in jail is against their right to be terrorists. 

        •  Well, largely it doesn’t matter if he is a terrorist or not, he was pretty much denied a fair and speedy trial, and as a Canadian citizen he is entitled to that. 

          I’m conservative as the day is long, and I have no illusions over what Kadr is and was.  However, not only is he eligible for parole, he should probably get it simply because of his shabby treatment by the system.

          Why?  Because the judiciary and the public service will always be a greater threat to liberty than any single terrorist will ever be.  We have a right not to be dicked around by the bureaucracy for 1/7th of our life while awaiting charges to be brought against us.

        • I assume he’ll be paroled as well, although (hopefully) not before the parole board determines -as they’re always supposed to – his “risk of reoffending”.  What has strangely never emerged over the years of comprehensive coverage of Khadr’s story is whether he has ever actually renounced the organization he devoted his young life to prior to that unfortunate incident with the US medic.  I’d want to hear that from him if I were on his parole board.

          • Good point, but presumably his “risk of re-offending” depends not only upon how likely it is that he’s renounced his ties to al Qaeda and/or the Taliban but also upon how likely it is that he’ll once again find himself in the middle of a bombed out hovel being assaulted by Delta Force commandos.

          • What, there were no white flags handy when the Delta Force commandos started their assault?

            In any event, since the likelihood of a Delta Force assault on the streets of downtown Toronto is remote, it seems to me his “risk of re-offending” derives far more from his present ideology.

  4. The Sunnies are in high dudgeon … always a good sign.

  5. So tired of seeing the media use the picture of him as a twelve year old. 

    Even the Saudis are dragging their feet about taking Osama’s two Saudi widows and kids.