March 8 The Toronto Star by Toronto Star national security reporter Michelle Shephard.
Exclusive book review and excerpt online.
“Omar Khadr was 15, badly hurt and a target when he arrived at Afghanistan’s Bagram prison in August 2002. Guards heckled and rode him mercilessly for his role in a firefight that left a U.S. soldier dead. Then he made a surprising friend.”
waring – graphic picture after the jump ~eds
About this image accompanying the book’s review, Fred Kuntz, Editor-in-Chief of the Star writes, in part…
“We realize the image shocks. We publish it after deliberation, not to offend, but to help bring home to Star readers something we believe they need to think about ”“ our values as Canadians, our belief in fair trials for our citizens.
Six years after his July 2002 capture, now 21, Khadr is the only remaining Westerner in Guantanamo Bay prison, awaiting trial for murder and other war crimes in a discredited military process. Setting aside issues of Khadr’s culpability, maturity or moral responsibility for his actions, we are still left with a question about our national view of justice.
Even more disturbing than such a photo, to certain critics of Canadian policy ”“ including federal opposition parties, Amnesty International, the United Nations and the Canadian Bar Association ”“ is this country’s failure to follow the lead of Britain and Australia, which demanded the repatriation of their citizens to face due process at home. Has this been sufficiently debated here?