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.
Answer by autodidact at 12:20 PM on Aug. 10, 2010
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
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 12:28 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...
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 12:35 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????
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 12:37 PM on Aug. 10, 2010