Last week, with the tacit blessing of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a terrorist who admitted to having killed U.S. Special Forces Sgt. Christopher Speer in Afghanistan in 2002 was awarded a $10.5 million payout by the Canadian high court.
Omar Khadr, who was only 15 years old when he left Canada to join Al Qaeda in the Middle East, spent years in Guantanamo Bay before getting a special release from President Obama, who sent him back to Canada. There, Khadr filed a lawsuit against the government, claiming that he was too young to be held responsible for his decisions. After years of controversy and deliberation, the courts appear to have put their stamp of approval on that claim. Khadr is to receive a multi-million dollar settlement along with an official apology from the Canadian government.
As you might imagine, not everyone is pleased with this turn of events.
In an interview with the Toronto Sun, a man who served alongside Speer when the mayhem went down says that it’s unthinkable that Trudeau would stand aside and let the Canadian taxpayers reward a terrorist who should spend the rest of his life in prison:
Layne Morris admits the “sneakiness” of the Canadian government to shield Omar Khadr from having his sweet cash settlement being exposed to an American court order felt like another terror attack.
“Like a punch in the face,” Morris said. “We didn’t understand the deal but we didn’t think that the government would do a behind-the-scenes move like that.”
After all, where Morris comes from, the government does not fraternize with the enemy trying to kill their soldiers, let alone reward them with a $10.5-million payout and apology.
“It feels like a dirty deal to me.” said the 55-year-old special forces sergeant, who was there when Omar Khadr threw a grenade that killed fellow Sgt. Christopher Speer.
His wife Leisl made the comparison to Sept. 29, 2012 when Khadr was released from Guantánamo Bay: “It was just as secretive. President Obama moved him in the middle of the night back to Canada and nobody even knew. He sure gets special treatment,” she said.
Later in the interview, Morris wondered if anyone was going to watch Khadr to see what he did with the payout.
“Is nobody concerned about where that money could end up? I mean, it’s well-documented that Omar Khadr’s father was a chief fundraiser for Osama Bin Laden,” he said. “I hate to be the one to ask but is anybody going to keep tabs on Omar’s movements, now that he has this money? Is anybody going to track where that money is hidden?”
As for Trudeau, Morris considers him a traitor to his countrymen, who fought right alongside American forces in the war against the Taliban and terrorist groups like Al Qaeda.
“I don’t see this as anything but treason,” said Morris. “It’s something a traitor would do. As far as I am concerned, Prime Minister Trudeau should be charged.”
That’s clearly not going to happen, but Trudeau’s fate may be even worse. By putting his stamp of approval on this travesty of justice, he’s sending a message to every would-be Islamic terrorist in his country that the penalty for slaughter is, in some cases, a lifetime of riches. In a country that has yet to really feel the sting of terrorism, it could wind up being the biggest mistake of his tenure.