Re: Rethink needed on Khadr case (The Standard, July 27, page 7)
Am I happy this person received $10.5 million? No.
I actually wish the Americans had killed him in this firefight. But as he was not, he should have been treated as a child soldier as he fit the description set out in an international agreement of which Canada is a signatory. He was brainwashed by his extremist family then forced to go to Afghanistan at a very young age. This all started under the Chretien government then carried over to the Harper government to which they knew of the torture.
It was only alleged that Khadr threw this grenade and after 10 years in Guantanamo Bay under torture did he confess so he could be repatriated back to Canada. The only rethink needed here is on the government to remove their signature from the international agreement with regards to child soldiers or abide by it.
Second, the government should have enforced the Charter of Rights and Freedoms or rethink it to exclude children brainwashed by their extremist parents. Once repatriated back to Canada, he never should have been put back in jail. It was the Supreme Court of Canada that ruled our government was wrong which has entitled his settlement.