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Sunday, February 22, 2009

U.K. Repatriates a Former Resident - Not Even a Citizen - from Gitmo! Omar Khadr - a Canadian Citizen - Still Rots

The U.K. expect the return of a Gitmo prisoner on Monday. This prisoner is not even a British citizen and was only a former resident of England but the U.K. government has been lobbying for his release and return to the U.K. since 2007

Omar Khadr is a child soldier and Canadian citizen who has been in Gitmo for a third of his life and our Prime Minister Stephen Harper could care less. Michael Ignatieff used some of his airport hanger time meeting with President Obama last week to bring up Omar's case. At least somebody in our government cares about the rights of Canadian citizens incarcerated in foreign prisons.

What is wrong with this picture? Pray you never get imprisoned in a foreign jurisdiction and tortured while Stephen Harper is still Prime Minister. This is not the first time this has happened. Just ask Maher Arar.


  1. Anonymous8:51 am

    The whole Omar Khadr story really makes me wonder what the story is beneath the surface. It is easy to point fingers at the government however mayber there is a link between countries that participated with the U.S. in Iraq and those that did not.

    Unless something snuck by me if I remember correctly Canada did not?

  2. You are right Anon about Canada in Iraq. However Omar was arrested in Afghanistan I believe. An entirely different set of circumstances. Canada has been there for years.

  3. Anonymous12:00 am

    [After reading the latest about the banning from Gitmo of Bill Kuebler et al] Omar Khadr isn't coming back to Canada, ever. It's not about a conspiracy between Harper and the U.S. It's not about the charges against him or whether or not he is guilty of the same.

    At the end of the day, what has mattered is that Omar Khadr has no luck at all.

    Anyone who thinks 'luck' is just an abstract concept, a random collision of possibility with probability, with no reality in the world of spirit, should take a really good look at the life and times of Omar Khadr.


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