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Fate of Canada’s Omar Khadr Dependent on Posterboy Propaganda Campaign

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Posted on July 12 2010 12:00 pm
Christine Williams is a 9-time international award-winning interviewer. She is Host and Producer of the Canadian National TV program “On the Front Line with Christine Williams” aired on CTS TV. She is also a Senior Advisor to the Hudson Institute in New York.

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Guantanamo’s youngest detainee, 23-year-old  Omar Khadr, has fired his American lawyers, saying he will either boycott his upcoming war crimes trial or represent himself. His move comes just before his pre-trial hearing was to begin and at a time when the Harper government faces renewed pressure from the Federal court (and Khadr sympathizers) to bring him back home in the name of his Canadian constitutional rights.

The public relations campaign in Khadr’s interests have been astounding, disregarding the complex Jihadi movements operating within our borders. Not only has Omar Khadr been treated well through medical treatments and legal access, his family has enjoyed the exploits of Western Democracy, all the while plotting its demise.

Omar isn’t exactly the only radical Muslim member of the family. His father, Ahmed Said Khadr, was a reputed al Qaeda financier and friend of Osama bin Laden himself.  He was gunned down in a battle in Pakistan in 2003. One of his other sons, Karim, was paralyzed in the same attack.  The latter returned to Canada to get the full package of medical treatment from the ‘infidels’ and lived comfortably on Canadian soil.

Omar’s mother Maha Khadr said she never wanted to raise her children in Canada because of her fear of them getting into drugs and homosexual relationships.  Instead she opted for what she thought was much more noble: enrolling her sons in al Qaeda training camps.  The children grew up mostly in Pakistan and Afghanistan, becoming more entrenched in a hate-ridden ideology than they already were.

Today as young Omar remains incarcerated, the public has been bombarded by video displays of an innocent youngster victimized by interrogators in Guantanamo.  This bears a frightful resemblance to the visual propaganda used by Omar Khadr’s fellow terrorists:  Hamas, Hezbollah and Al-Qaeda who have become adept at exploiting Western emotion using the internet and other visual mediums. They have discovered that winning the hearts and minds of Westerners is an effective strategy in their Jihad.  Self-hating Westerners (leftists) who are blind to the threats facing our democracy are the willful targets of terrorists’ marketing.

Omar continues to be calculatingly portrayed as an innocent child victim whose rights have been violated by those evil Americans, and who was abandoned by his treacherous fellow Canadians. Canadian lawyer Dennis Edney was quoted in a Toronto Star report:

He is a young man in an adult’s body now.  He appears to have given up hope. He doesn’t wish to participate in a process he sees as not only illegal but going against justice. He feels Canada had not come to his aid. He has lost faith in the trial process when the prosecution are offering him a deal should he plead guilty for charges he doesn’t believe he’s responsible for.

Despite the emotional Save Omar Khadr Campaign, polls show that Canadians remain divided about his fate – and for good reason.  Although Omar certainly was young at the time he was detained,  he nonetheless posed a serious threat to the NATO forces in Afghanistan. As an armed Jihadist, he allegedly killed American Special Forces soldier Christopher Speer, and blinded another, Layne Morris.  Only days before he was murdered, Speer had risked his own life by walking into a minefield to rescue two wounded Afghan children.

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