The guilty plea (II)

Amy Davidson considers the fate of Omar Khadr.

The war crime charges Khadr accepted include working with Al Qaeda, helping to plant roadside bombs, and, in the firefight in which he was captured, in July, 2002, throwing a grenade that killed an American soldier, Sergeant Christopher Speer. Tabitha Speer, Christopher’s widow, was at Guantánamo today; according to Rosenberg, she “wore a black dress to court and sat weeping when the portion about her husband’s death by grenade was mentioned.” One feels a great deal of sympathy for her, and for her loss. But it is hard to see how the Khadr saga has served anyone well.

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