Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Photo by AP

The rest of the world either laughs at us,
or is horrified by us.

US to make history trying alleged child war criminal

Mark Tran
Wednesday April 25, 2007
Guardian Unlimited

A human rights group today attacked a US decision to file murder charges against a Canadian national and alleged Taliban fighter who was captured in Afghanistan when he was 15.

Omar Khadr was wounded by US soldiers during a battle near Khost, Afghanistan, and taken into US custody in July 2002. He has spent most of the past five years in the US military prison at Guantánamo Bay.

Mr Khadr's Pentagon-appointed lawyer, Marine lieutenant colonel Colby Vokey, said the US would become the first country in modern history to try a war crimes suspect who was a child at the time of the alleged violations if a trial went ahead.

Mr Khadr has been charged with murder, attempted murder, providing support to terrorism, conspiracy and spying under rules for military trials adopted last year. The conspiracy charge is based on acts allegedly committed before Mr Khadr was 10, according to his defence team.

I don't want to be accused of selective editing 'cause I tried to make this readable in this form, so go read the article.

This young man is charged with serious crimes, but the combination of the fact that he was a juvenile & the barbaric tribunal system he will be facing dishonors America in the worlds eyes.

Even Bill Clinton as "Roving Goodwill Ambassador" won't be able to fix this.


At 9:35 AM, Blogger Paddy said...

*sigh* again. And on the news they are talking about pirated copies of Spiderman 3. The most pressing news of the day.

At 10:08 AM, Blogger Ashen Shard said...

First off, I think we have to stop with all this 'unlawful' enemy combatants bull crap. What the hell defines an 'unlawful' enemy combatant? Just because they don't wear a uniform or serve in an army with a structure as ours, is that all? It is such a general term, heck the mercenaries we are using could be considered 'unlawful' combatants since they are not a part of a national military. If we invaded Iran, we could classify Iranian soldiers as 'unlawful' enemy combatants just because they were fighting against us. Also, it is an ironic use of terms since our methods themselves have questionable legality.
As for trying someone who was a child when they got involved in this, does our military and our government have no compassion or understanding? Children around the world are unlawfully forced into militias. Look at Somalia. If anything, our military should find and prosecute those responsible for coercing this man into fighting when he was only a child, and try them for any crimes Khadr committed.
I shouldn't be surprised we have no compassion for him though. He was a Muslim child, a brown child. If he was white and Christian, then there would be an uproar in this country over his treatment.


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