October 25, 2010

Omar Khadr Cops Plea

Globe and Mail:

Omar Khadr, the only Canadian, only child soldier and only Guantanamo Bay detainee charged with battlefield homicide in the killing of a U.S. soldier, pleaded guilty to all terrorism and murder charges on Monday.

..He agreed, for instance, that he was an "alien, unprivileged, enemy belligerent," unqualified therefore to shoot back or engage in combat hostilities with U.S. or other coalition forces. He said he understood he was guilty of "murder in violation of the laws of war" and that he was a member of al-Qaeda.

Now 24, Mr. Khadr was only 15 when he was gravely wounded by a U.S. air strike in Afghanistan. He has been in U.S. prisons ever since – more than one-third of his life.

“You should only do this if you truly believe it is in your best interests,” Col. Parrish told Mr. Khadr.

"Yes,” he replied again, his voice clear and direct in the hushed courtroom.

Mr. Khadr's plea deal – endorsed by both Washington and Ottawa – allows him to apply to return to Canada – where he was born – after serving one more year in prison in Guantanamo.

Any remaining sentence would be served in a Canadian prison.

Its worth noting that of all the claims by anti-war folks that the US has violated the Rules of war. al-Qaeda has never subscribed to any of those rules. And as such are all unlawful combatants, war criminals, known as partisans. But for some reason the left gives the "nobel savages" a pass.

Hat Tip: Frederick.

By Howie at 09:46 AM | Comments |