About a week ago, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews overruled a decision made by the warden of Millhaven Institution, and refused an interview request by the Canadian Press to speak with Omar Khadr.
Last September, Omar Khadr was transferred from Guantanamo Bay to the Millhaven maximum security prison in Kingston. Omar Khadr was taken into custody as a child soldier in Afghanistan in 2002.
In 2002, Omar Khadr was captured by the Americans in Afghanistan. He was 15 years old. Eleven years later, he's still in jail, and his sentence runs for seven more years.
On December 10th, the world celebrated Human Rights Day. Canada, with the trembling voice of its Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, added its fading voice to the international scene.
From zombie ideas, to the ruling on Khadr, to the sexualization of girls, there is plenty to give a good fright. For treats, we have a story on theatre and physics, plus a song about F-35 planes!
The clash of cultures has come to Canada. Some might call it a clash of civilizations. The battle everywhere is between extremists of all kinds and more levelheaded people.
Omar Khadr is not innocent, because declaring so means that there was even a possibility he could have ever been guilty.
Omar Khadr was returned to Canada on September 29. He is currently in Millhaven prison in Kingston, Ontario. A new book about Omar Khadr had its Vancouver launch 10 days before he arrived back.
Toews had no problem ignoring Canadian courts or agreements made with our American allies about the return of Khadr to this country.
David J. Climenhaga
Having created a constituency for keeping Omar Khadr out of Canada at all costs, Vic Toews and his government have been forced to repatriate this young man regardless of what they've told the public.