Canadian Magazine Puts Convicted Terrorist, Former Guantanamo Inmate On November Cover
Canadian weekly news magazine Maclean’s has stirred up controversy with the cover of its November issue, which features convicted terrorist and former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr.
Khadr, then 15 years old, was indicted in the death of U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Spee, who was killed by a grenade during a 2002 firefight in Afghanistan. The Canadian citizen was held in Guantanamo Bay for 10 years, though the U.S. military commission that oversaw Khadr’s case didn’t convene until 2010, when he finally plead guilty to war crimes charges. At the time, the case was widely criticized for its treatment of Khadr as an adult — despite his being a minor at the time of the alleged incident.
In 2012, Khadr was released and repatriated to Canada under strict conditions. In an interview with Fox News back in May, Sgt. Spee’s former colleague, Sgt. Layne Morris, criticized Khadr’s early release.
The murky nature of what happened to Sgt. Spee, and Khadr’s memory of the event, have largely cast further doubt on whether or not the former 15-year-old was responsible for the U.S. soldier’s death. After all, when he was found following the firefight, he was severely injured and buried under several feet of rubble.
According to The Enemy Within: Terror, Lies and the Whitewashing of Omar Khadr author Ezra Levant, however, Khadr’s being featured on the Maclean’s cover is an egregious mistake.
“It’s a disgrace that he is on the cover of a mainstream news magazine, being portrayed as a victim, and in the company of two real victims, including a victim of Islamic terrorism,” he told Fox News. “They have managed to transform a pathological murderer into a ‘victim,’ providing Al Qaeda with a great PR victory.”
Levant trolled the magazine on Twitter following the cover story’s publication.
They have managed to transform a pathological murderer into a ‘victim,’ providing Al Qaeda with a great PR victory
Meanwhile, others on social media took notice and decided to voice their concerns.
— Michael Provost (@MProvost1) November 4, 2015
— Melanie Middlebro (@MelMiddlebro) November 8, 2015
— Derek Kerr (@DerekKerrTSA) November 8, 2015
— Kyle Matthews (@kylecmatthews) November 3, 2015
Really surprised that Omar Khadr didn’t make Cabinet
— Manny Montenegrino (@manny_ottawa) November 7, 2015
[h/t Daily Mail]
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