Canada is giving Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr $10 million in damages after he was allegedly tortured by the U.S. government. Toronto Sun columnist Candice Malcolm joined Monday’s “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson” to explain why Justin Trudeau is making a huge mistake.
I fixed the Trudeau government's apology letter to Omar Khadr. pic.twitter.com/62HpSg02dQ
— Candice Malcolm (@CandiceMalcolm) July 7, 2017
At 15 years old, Khadr fought U.S. troops in Afghanistan and killed a member of the U.S. Army Special Forces Unit by throwing a grenade, as he admitted to prosecutors in 2010. He was the youngest person to be detained in Guantanamo Bay. Khadr’s father, Ahmad Khadr, was connected to Osama bin Laden and other al Qaeda figures and was trained in terrorism; he was killed in 2003 by Pakistani troops, CNN reported.
Malcolm explained that while Canadians are sympathetic toward Khadr because they think of him as a child soldier, 15-year-olds are not child soldiers based on the Geneva Convention’s definition. Now age 30, Khadr accused the U.S. government of mistreating and torturing him during his detainment, although a court found no evidence for his claims.
— Candice Malcolm (@CandiceMalcolm) July 9, 2017
“This is a confessed terrorist,” Malcolm said of Khadr. She noted that while Khadr chose to follow in his father’s footsteps, his brothers were not similarly radicalized.
“This guy was a hardened terrorist,” she said. “Omar made a choice.”