What is with our State Broadcaster? They continue to attempt a whitewash of the truth about the traitorous, terrorist murderer Omar Khadr.
On Monday they carried this CP piece to report specious comments by Edmonton Lawyer Dennis Edney based on a memo (presumably obtained thru an access to information request) prepared by Vic Toews office, specifically that:
“the late al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden was an accomplice of a 15-year-old Khadr, and that the Canadian citizen killed two Afghan militia men.”
Edney response is “There is no evidence whatsoever to support these false allegations.”
Certainly there is. But Edney’s suggestion is either an outright lie OR conflates a number of conflicting suppositions.
Khadr pled guilty to murder and attempted murder – although many died including U.S Special Forces officer and medic Christopher Speers – who entered the burned-out hut prepared to give medical aid to any survivors after the military engagement. But as soon as they entered the hut – someone inside suicidally threw a grenade at them – fatally injuring Speers and others EXCEPT Khadr – who was the lone survivor. So did Khadr throw it or someone else who intentionally took himself and others with him?
Yet even after that when Khadr demanded with insults that his captors kill/martyr him on the spot – which must have been sorely tempting – they saved his ass instead.
1) Khadr was in the hut with a group of al-Qaeda cell members who had been given a warning in Pashto and English to give themselves up. Khadr was a translator for the group and understood both languages fluently plus 3 others. That was chance #1. He could have left but didn’t. Then the two Afgan Militia stuck their heads over the wall to ask to approach for a parley and were both prompted shot dead. That was chance #2 – and the fight was on.
We will never know exactly who fired the shots as only Khadr survived and he was not about to admit it if he did it himself – but it doesn’t matter. This was not a Chicago neighbourhood where U.S Criminal Law ruled and the Forensic Team could preserve and investigate the crime scene possibly to identify which AK-47 the bullets that killed the two Afganis came from. Luckily the standards of evidence on a battlefield allow for this imprecision. It is enough that he was part of an al-Qaeda cell that did kill these two Afganis to allow him to be complicit in their deaths. But yes – he was not charged with their deaths. So what?
2) Ok, it should have been the other way around – Khadr was an accomplice of bin Laden – but still, define “accomplice”?
There is no doubt that Omar Khadr’s father Ahmed had a close relationship with Osama bin Laden. And there no doubt that Omar was with his father and the rest of his family during 1996 – 2001 when they all traveled through Afghanistan and Pakistan including “yearly trips to Osama bin Laden’s compound in Jalalabad for the Eid celebration at the end of Ramadan.” That is a pretty close relationship – don’t you think?
Equally true was that after 2001 Omar Khadr was fully engadged with al-Qaeda senior commanders being trained in all the “terrorist arts” like surveillance and building/siting IED’s at a number of al-Qaeda’s camps and safe houses. Osama bin Laden was the Supreme leader of al-Qaeda. How many “degrees of separation” makes an accomplice? Does anyone care about those semantics?
For Edney to suggest Omar Khadr was NOT “an accomplice” or involved in the two Afgani militia’s deaths is not just “splitting hairs” rhetorically – it is FALSE and dissembling the truth.
What is more disturbing is that CBC would print this tripe without any kind of critical challenge. It reminds me of the docile credulity of the French network TV5 in broadcasting the al-Dura “Pallywood” hoax. And we must pay for this enabling stenography?
1) murder in violation of the laws of war,
2) attempted murder in violation of the laws of war,
4) two counts of providing material support for terrorists, and