Bring Khadr home, now!

Posted: July 17, 2008 in Uncategorized

Omar Khadr at age 15.The “war crime” Omar Khadr is accused of having committed at age 15, killing an American soldier, would never have happened if the US had refrained from its war crime, the invasion of Afghanistan. Sgt. Christopher Speer, the soldier he is charged with killing, would still be alive, as would 810 other foreign troops and many thousands of Afghans.

As Osgoode Hall Professor of International Law Michael Mandel wrote in the Ottawa Citizen, Mar. 17, 2008, “The war on Afghanistan was George W. Bush’s war, not the UN’s. It had no more UN authority than the war on Iraq. Both are marked by the same original sin, Nuremberg’s ‘supreme international crime’ of aggressive war.”

Omar Khadr has been shot twice in the black, blinded in one eye, tortured, and imprisoned under laws passed by the United States which contravene international law and human decency. There is credible evidence that the “evidence” against him was fabricated. He has suffered enough. Bring him home.

Resources

  • Wikipedia has an extensive and well documented article on Omar Khadr.
  • Sulman Hassan, a graduate in law from Liverpool John Moores University reviews applicable international laws and concludes that the US violated them when it invaded Afghanistan.
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