Omar Khadr is not your ordinary Canadian.
He was born there in 1986 but moved to Afghanistan ten years later.
His father supported Osama bin Laden. He died in a shoot-out in October 2003, alongside al Qaeda and Taliban militants.
Omar was not there at his father’s side when he died. He had been captured over a year earlier in July 2002 by US Special Forces. Just before his capture, Omar threw a grenade. It killed Sgt Christopher Speer.
Omar Khadr eventually pleaded guilty to the murder of Speer.
Video footage captured with Omar Khadr also showed him building improvised explosive devices. Devices similar to the ones made by Khadr killed 97 Canadians in Afghanistan.
Over the weekend the Canadian government announced it would pay Omar Khadr $US8 million. It also apologised to him:
“Today, we are announcing that the Government of Canada has reached a settlement with Mr. Omar Khadr, bringing this civil case to a close.
On behalf of the Government of Canada, we wish to apologize to Mr. Khadr for any role Canadian officials may have played in relation to his ordeal abroad and any resulting harm.
We hope that this expression, and the negotiated settlement reached with the Government, will assist him in his efforts to begin a new and hopeful chapter in his life with his fellow Canadians.”
The Federal Court of Canada ruled in 2009 that after Khadr’s capture and imprisonment in Guantanamo Bay his rights had been violated and that Canada had failed its duty to protect him. Khadr sued the Canadian government four years later.
And on the weekend he hit the jackpot.
In days gone past, Khadr would have been executed for treason.
In today’s multicultural Western ‘civilisation’ he receives far more from the taxpayer than any of the Canadian families who lost loved ones who died serving their nation.
Canada might be a long way from Australia. But we suffer from the same insanity and ‘justice’ system. Just last month the Australian government agreed to hand over $70 million to illegal immigrants detained on Manus Island.
President Trump was right to question whether the West has the will to survive.
Unfortunately, time and again, it seems that the answer is resoundingly no.