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Interview on CTV National News on Khadr

A short clip from my interview on CTV National News on July 7th.

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Reader Comments (3)

The “Age of Apology” in which we live nowadays extorts compensation & apologies for past grievances viewed through today’s lenses. Present supposed offences must conform to the “progressive” world view or else face the barrage of self-styled arbiters of appropriate behaviour & thinking. Will Khadr be upbraided for “cultural appropriation”, given his use of the word “reconciliation”, currently in use by First Nations leaders and advocates? Or is he listed among the victims purportedly wronged by Stephen Harper’s government?

But let’s focus on facts …
“He was just a kid, after all … thank you for your time.” says the interviewer giving you no chance to respond to the “just a kid” depiction. No, the “child soldier” tag does not apply to Khadr because according to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 38, (1989) #2:
“2. States Parties shall take all feasible measures to ensure that persons who have not attained the age of fifteen years do not take a direct part in hostilities.”
Get it? Under the age of 15. In fact, Khadr was two months’ shy of his 16th birthday, not “just a kid” nor a 15-year-old “child soldier”.

Khadr’s Charter rights were deemed breached by the SCoC. Yet the same Supreme Court stated that the Charter does not apply outside of Canada, in an article titled "Charter Protections End at Canadian border: top court"

Canadians accused of crimes abroad are not protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms when they’re being investigated by Canadian or foreign police, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Thursday.

“When individuals choose to engage in criminal activities that cross Canada’s territorial limits, they can have no guarantee that they carry charter rights with them out of the country,” wrote Justice Louis LeBel."
I assume investigations carried out “by Canadian or foreign police” could include the military of allies.

Furthermore, the same Supremes argued in this case that “Canadian law, including the Charter, cannot be enforced in another state’s territory without the other state’s consent.”
So where’s the breach?

IMO, the miscarriage of justice lies in the apology & the compensation award given to Khadr in the name of Canadians.

July 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGabby in QC

That is a very good comment. I have passed it on to to folks to see what they can use. Thx for all of your comments to date

July 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAtory01

Thank you. But I doubt the few snippets of information I've provided here will alter the fact that Khadr & his lawyers have succeeded in getting what they wanted: his freedom, an apology tantamount to absolving him of any guilt, and of course financial gain.

July 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGabby in QC

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