Don’t welcome back Khadr

For The Calgary Herald November 8, 2010 Comments (20)

Dear Prime Minister Stephen Harper:

I am disappointed in the decision you’ve made on Omar Khadr, someone who unfortunately was born in this country to a mom who has done nothing but insult everything you and I stand for.

When O Canada is played at those hockey games we love to watch, our hearts pound like drums and our blood runs hot. But the Maple Leaf that fuels our furnace gives hers an Arctic chill. She is a Canadian by convenience.

She unwillingly abandoned her land because her husband wanted to freeload from here to support their wretched cause, which is to nuke Western civilization, to plunge the world into the darkness of some tortured version of an eastern religion so brutal that men are afraid to shave, women are afraid to show their faces, a place where there is no music, no dance, no trace of Judeo-Christian values, no rule of law.

The Khadrs’ fondest fantasy is a world which moves from O Canada to No Canada. The Khadrs took baby Omar out of this country, feeling nothing but contempt for our flag and our values. They joined the dark side in Afghanistan, befriended the mass murderer Osama bin Laden and his ilk. Their primary interest was not to help the people of Afghanistan, whom 152 Canadian Forces members have died for. Her family was there trying to kill as many of our allies as possible and the Khadrs would have been only too happy to kill as many Canadian soldiers as possible.

Poor Omar who deprived one unarmed medic of his life and another soldier of his eye, has complained to his government-paid lawyer that the Americans who revived his murderous body deprived him of sleep. He deprived a husband and a father of his life. And now he counts on Canadians to get weepy for his story.

Blowing things up is what pleasures the Khadrs the most. Every time one of those road side explosives that Omar used to assemble blows up a Canadian soldier, a Canadian family grieves. The Khadrs celebrate.

Prime Minister, you’ve never shared with me whether you have tried to hold your nose and purchase this foul smelling dead rat of an argument that Omar was just a child victimized by his father. The UN says so and the Supreme Court of Canada has rubber stamped it. I, and millions of other Canadians, say, “So what?”

We don’t need a bunch of hooligans on expense accounts at the UN to tell us the difference between a young man who is doing something not of his own volition and one like Khadr making and planting bombs enthusiastically.

We know what child soldiers are. We know about all those families in Africa where mothers are raped and fathers are torn from limb to limb, their little girls murdered and their little boys kidnapped, ripped out of their parents’ arms and taken away to be turned into murderous monsters performing the same ugly deeds as their captors.

We know that in many cases, governments represented by the UN not only condone but participate in helping this kind of activity. These governments wish to judge us on how we treat Omar Khadr? Are we supposed to have our values informed by these barbarians?

We Canadians don’t take our moral cues from an organization that buried its moral compass in the jungles of Rwanda, that shot up its moral compass in the mountains of Yugoslavia, that defecates daily on its moral compass in Darfur.

I am asking you to please make decisions that have the ring of moral justice for the victims of Khadr and not his fan club. I don’t want to end this letter on a sour note, because I don’t want to be ungrateful for the many good things you have done, especially for our forces. So I want to attach to this letter one written me a few weeks ago by a citizen of Adler Nation, Rob Cullen, a police officer in York Region:

Last night, while working in my usual role as a police platoon sergeant, we were called to a VSA — vital signs absent — in the basement apartment of a house just north of Keswick.

The victim was 78. A retired firefighter, he had served from 1959 to 1989 with the North York Fire Department. It no longer exists, having been enveloped by the Toronto Fire Department. The victim had succumbed to a heart attack.

His small basement apartment was tidy. Upon the walls were tonnes of framed photos. He was very well read. History books lined his shelves, with an emphasis on Ontario and especially Toronto history.

But he had no next of kin. As the sergeant, it was my job to notify them. I had no one to visit, no one to see. I left the detectives and constable to await the coroner, and have the body removed to its final rest.

As I walked down the driveway, the constable followed me and said, “Hey Sarge, wait up! Can I ask you something?”

“Sure. Whaddya need?”

“Sarge, they’re gonna carry this guy out in a plastic bag. All the neighbours are watching. He was a firefighter for 30 years. Sarge he’s got no one . . . we can’t let him go like that. Can you find us a Canadian flag, so that when they take him out of the house, we can lay it on the gurney when they roll him to the hearse?”

It was 7:30 on a Tuesday night. Where to find a flag? The Dollar Store. Sure enough, they had one. I bought the flag, and took it back to the scene.

Firefighter Robert Wilson was brought up from his apartment. Before he left the door, the flag was draped across him, to honour the life of a man who was willing to give it at any time. The neighbours watched in silent respect. The people from the funeral home tucked the flag secure and removed it with him. I expect it will be buried with him, too.

For a short time, he wasn’t alone. He was a firefighter, a hero. He was a Canadian. All it took was a flag to show it. Maybe it’s time we find our heroes before their only honour comes from a dollar store.

Signed Rob Cullen

Prime Minister, I don’t think you need Cullen to help you find your moral compass on the Khadr decision. When it comes to Canadian values, you don’t need him or me to tell you that we are a good country. But I just wanted to remind you on behalf of so many Canadians who contact me that we are a Firefighter Wilson country, not an Omar Khadr country.

Omar Khadr is suing us for $10 million and that’s just the opening number. We should be trying him for treason, but he is playing us for chumps.

The rule of law should never have become for the Khadrs what a fire hydrant is for dogs. I am asking you on behalf of so many who have made sacrifices for this country, to please reverse your decision to open our borders and our wallets one more time to the Khadr family.

It’s not their country, Prime Minister. They’ve already taken too much.

Charles Adler is a national radio show host whose show runs locally on QR77.

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  1. Unfortunately,the bleeding hearts,Liberals,NDP,Bloc,Dennis Edney,Nate Whitling,Toronto Star.etc.etc.etc.have forced the hand of the government in agreeing to let this terrorist scum back into Canada and they will have him out walking the street in no time…thanks to our soft judicial system.I am surprised that Michelle Sheppard and the Star haven’t made arrangements for a parade down Yonge Street yet.

  2. I think that a public inquiry should be launched into the behaviour and reporting of the media,be it CBC or CTV or Canadian press(read Toronto Star)…They have portrayed this Jihadist thug as some sort of folk hero (defending his country against the big bad Americans.) Need I remind the ignorant ,but oh-so-vocal lefties out there, that Khadr was captured in Afghanistan not in Canada…He probably just forgot where he was.
    I think that the plea deal is a disgrace and that the Canadian Government should ask the courts to void that deal
    This public inquiry should focus ALSO on the Khadr family and open their past dealings with Al-Queda and other Jihadist organizations….reveal to the public what their true natures are,without being filtered by the left-leaning editors and scumbag lawyers who proclaim “this boy is NO trerrorist” “khadr is innocent of all charges”and “khadr is NOT a member of Al-Queda”
    These shysters would prefer that Canadians NEVER learn about the 50 page statement of facts (that detail Khadrs’ travels & training) or the plea deal that Khadr ADMITTED his TRUE guilt on ALL charges…
    But that will never happen..Khadr will continue to be portrayed by the media as a child soldier,forced into fighting with Jihadists and eventually abandoned by his own government in his darkest hour…Sounds good eh? Is it worth $10 million dollars…

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