Posted by: Paula Delgado-Kling | May 8, 2012

Canada’s child soldier is now 25. Terrorist or victimized child soldier?

Omar Khadr is a Canadian citizen, born in Scarborough, Ontario.

Omar and his family were part of al-Qaida and were reportedly close to bin Laden. In July 2002, when Omar was fifteen years old, he hurled a hand grenade that killed U.S. Sgt. Chris Speer during a firefight in Afghanistan, near the Pakistani border. He has been in American custody ever since, and has spent significant time in a cell at Guantanamo.

A U.S. military commission jury wanted to give him 40 years behind bars. In 2010, as part of a plea bargain, Omar pled guilty to five charges of war crimes, including murder, spying and terrorism, and received an eight-year sentence with eligibility to return to Canada to serve some of it.

He is likely to return to Canada soon, and could soon be out on parole.

He is now twenty-five years old. Is he the remorseless terrorist the prosecution painted him to be, or is he a victimized child soldier?

His mother, Maha el-Samna, has said she’d rather raise her children to fight than live in Canada, where they could become homosexuals or addicted to drugs.

Related:

Canadians debate Omar Kadr’s homecoming

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