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Do you think he should be guilty & do you think we created an enemy where we could have had a friend?

Omar Khadr was only nine when his father, a purported Al Qaeda financier, moved Khadr from Canada to Afghanistan and put him to work helping his Al Qaeda friends. In 2002, when he was just 15, Khadr was captured in Afghanistan and accused of throwing a grenade that killed a U.S. soldier. For that he's been charged with a war crime.

Also, as Daphne Eviatar points out, the crime of murdering a U.S. soldier is not a war crime because in war it is not a crime to target the other side's soldiers. As a civilian, rather than a member of any regular foreign army, throwing a grenade is a criminal act that could, and should, be prosecuted in a regular criminal.


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beachmamaof2

Asked by beachmamaof2 at 12:14 PM on Aug. 10, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • International law dictates that a child captured in combat is to be treated as a victim, not a soldier. Those "child soldiers" are to be offered rehabilitation while in custody and eventually repatriated home. Khadr reportedly has relatives who still live in Canada, was never offered those options.

    Khadr has spent the last eight years in a cell in Guantanamo. Now 23, he's turned from a scared child willing to cooperate with interrogators in any way possible to a defiant young man who has threatened to boycott his own trial because he thinks the whole military commission process is a sham.

    http://www.care2.com/causes/politics/blog/child-to-be-tried-at-gitmo/
    beachmamaof2

    Comment by beachmamaof2 (original poster) at 12:14 PM on Aug. 10, 2010

  • just more winning hearts and minds, Beachmama. great question.
    autodidact

    Answer by autodidact at 12:20 PM on Aug. 10, 2010

  • Do you think he should be guilty & do you think we created an enemy where we could have had a friend?
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    I would venture to say that both statements are probably correct.
    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 12:20 PM on Aug. 10, 2010

  • He killed someone with a grenade, he is guilty


    war crime, no


    friend? also no

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 12:28 PM on Aug. 10, 2010

  • My perspective on this story is a 9yr old boy was brainwashed/indoctrinated/bullied/whatever into doing exactly what his psycho Daddy and friends told him to do.

    When he was captured @ 15 yrs old; and willing to cooperate with us; we had an obligation to not only follow International Law; but also to follow our own laws. He was a minor; a child and was locked away; left in a jail cell for EIGHT YEARS!

    From 15-23 he spent in jail; after agreeing to cooperate...yeah I don't blame him for hating us at this point; we confirmed in his mind whatever crazy evil shit his Dad ever told him...

    Pathetic...
    beachmamaof2

    Comment by beachmamaof2 (original poster) at 12:34 PM on Aug. 10, 2010

  • International law dictates that a child captured in combat is to be treated as a victim, not a soldier. Those "child soldiers" are to be offered rehabilitation while in custody and eventually repatriated home. Khadr reportedly has relatives who still live in Canada, was never offered those options.


    You know damn well the Bush Admin wasn't giving anyone therapy! The current admin and DOJ should do it NOW..but it may be too late...

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 12:35 PM on Aug. 10, 2010

  • You can't compare him to a 15 yr old American kid who threw a pipe bomb at a school assembly or something - you have to view the situation from the perspective of those involved - it's not even in the same ballpark
    beachmamaof2

    Comment by beachmamaof2 (original poster) at 12:36 PM on Aug. 10, 2010

  • When he was captured @ 15 yrs old; and willing to cooperate with us; we had an obligation to not only follow International Law; but also to follow our own laws. He was a minor; a child and was locked away; left in a jail cell for EIGHT YEARS!

    From 15-23 he spent in jail; after agreeing to cooperate...yeah I don't blame him for hating us at this point; we confirmed in his mind whatever crazy evil shit his Dad ever told him...


    This is true....and now he has been locked up with real criminals for 8 years....what should happen NOW????

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 12:37 PM on Aug. 10, 2010

  • You know damn well the Bush Admin wasn't giving anyone therapy! The current admin and DOJ should do it NOW..but it may be too late...


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    Yeah I think at this point it would take a lot to make this kid trust the US gov't - oh well he's not a kid anymore but you know...it's not like he got to 'grow' up like other kids his age did...

    And not only what I said above; but in the 8 yrs he's been there; what have the other prisoners been filling his head with - this guy has never seen the 'outside' real world since he was a child...how can he know anything other than what he's told & shown...?

    I'm really infuriated by stories like these....
    beachmamaof2

    Comment by beachmamaof2 (original poster) at 12:39 PM on Aug. 10, 2010

  • Sweet - IDK we f'kd up...now how to fix it? I'm not a criminal or child trauma psychologist; but I think our entire handling of this young man's case is atrocious...
    beachmamaof2

    Comment by beachmamaof2 (original poster) at 12:40 PM on Aug. 10, 2010

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