Sunday Reads: Payout to Khadr called “treason” as anger, opposition grows

“I don’t see this as anything but treason,” said Layne Morris. “It’s something a traitor would do. As far as I am concerned, Prime Minister Trudeau should be charged.”

The Canadian special forces sergeant is talking about the $10.5-million payout to Omar Khadr by the Trudeau government in an interview with Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun.

Morris was in Afghanistan when Khadr allegedly threw the grenade that killed an American medic and wounded another.

“The fact is Chris Speer and myself were fighting with Canadians in Afghanistan. We were alongside the PPCLI (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry). There was a Canadian flag flying along with the American flag at our base there, so it’s quite a thing that now Canada is giving millions to a guy who would attack a compound where Canadians were serving.”

He also is worried about where the money could end up, perhaps echoing the concerns of others who wonder if Khadr might still be following in his father’s footsteps, who was “a chief fundraiser for Osama bin Laden”:

“As a general rule, and in every other case that I have ever heard of, you keep money out of the hands of people who build bombs or would throw hand grenades at our soldiers.”

Meanwhile, new Conservative leader Andrew Scheer says his Opposition party will force a debate in the House of Commons on the Liberal government’s payout to Omar Khadr, the Toronto Sun is reporting.

“We’re going to force every Liberal in the House to take a stand,” he said to applause at the Conservatives’ annual Calgary Stampede barbecue fundraiser at Heritage Park. “It will be simple: Do you support paying a self-confessed terrorist over $10 million or do you stand with the common sense of millions of Canadians? Justin Trudeau will have to stand and defend it.”

In another piece by Joe Warmington, a man from Afghanistan who worked with Canadians as an interpreter when Omar Khadr was fighting against them expresses his disgust with the Liberal payout.

Alam Khan “is sleeping outside and eating garbage, trying to survive on the mean streets of Istanbul, Turkey, as a refugee running away from the Taliban and ISIS,” despite attempts to immigrate to Canada.

He says he “can’t even get a reply out of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government in his request to immigrate to Canada,” Warmington reports.

Writes Warmington: “Khan said he never would have envisioned Canada would be better to the enemy combatants and terrorists than the local Afghans like he and his friends who turned away from terror and personal threats in order to work with the Canadians instead.”

And finally, for an American report about this controversy, see the New York Post’s article with the headline How this al Qaeda militant turned into a ‘victim’ — then a millionaire.

Yes, crime does pay, folks — big time in this case.

— Jillian

Photo: This image of 15-year-old Omar Khadr, apparently holding a land mine, is from a video found in the rubble of the compound where he was captured on July 27, 2002. The video is routinely described as showing Khadr being taught how to prepare improvised explosive devices. Michelle Shephard of the Toronto Star reported this image was published by the Pentagon on 2010-10-31. The Toronto Star credited it … Courtesy U.S. Defence Operations/AFP/Getty Images (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

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