Toronto SUN: Canada's celebrity terrorist Omar Khadr refuses to renounce armed jihad
- "Canadians sympathetic to Khadr should realize, the doctrine of Islamic jihad against the infidel has no problem with teenage soldiers doing battle, or even leading armies. (Many suicide bombers are teenagers.) After all, it was a teenage general, Bin Qasim, who invaded India in the year 711 and is today the hero of most Muslims in India and Pakistan."October 3, 2012Omar Khadr refused to renounce armed jihadTarek FatahOmar Khadr is on record calling a black female soldier guarding his cellblock a “slave” and a “whore.” Yet today, feminists and human rights groups are rallying around him as if he was the reincarnation of Dr. King himself.Consider how we would have reacted, if, during the Korean War, a fellow Canadian who not only worked for the North, but, disguised in civilian attire, blew up an unarmed medic sent to aid him.Suffice to say, irrespective of our political leanings, our reactions would have been outrage and disgust.But Canada has come a long way since the days when clarity was common; when discerning between good and evil was not that difficult; when traitors proud of their hatred for our western civilization would be shunned, not treated as celebrities.Had Khadr repented his past and denounced the doctrine of armed jihad of his father, I would have championed his early release. I did it in 2007, but discovered to my shock Khadr’s refusal to renounce armed jihad.Today, Canada’s chattering classes are treating Khadr, an anti-black racist, a self-confessed murderer, and an unrepentant terrorist, as a celebrity.In the newsrooms of liberal newspapers, you can sense the glee. After all, it was they who carefully crafted an image of Khadr as a puppy-faced, innocent teen caught up in the mess of war. The incessant drumbeat of “child soldier” to describe a willing terrorist, is a lie that cannot withstand scrutiny.However, in the circus of multiculturalism, we have paid for the sight of an exotic spectacle, not the facts. These days, who cares if the clown entertaining us is a murderer in disguise?UN Law on Child SoldiersKhadr was nearly 16 when he was captured in Afghanistan after a shootout, where, he confesses, he killed an unarmed medic sent to save him.According to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 38, (1989), “State parties shall take all feasible measures to ensure that persons who have not attained the age of 15 years do not take a direct part in hostilities.”In addition, article 8(2)(b)(xxvi) of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) says, “Conscripting or enlisting children under the age of 15 years into the national armed forces or using them to participate actively in hostilities” is a war crime.So Khadr did not fit the definition of a child soldier when he committed his crime. And today, he is an adult, who, if he so desires, can even now denounce al-Qaida, the Taliban and the jihadi ideology. But he chooses not to do so.Islamic Jihad and Teenage SoldiersCanadians sympathetic to Khadr should realize the doctrine of Islamic jihad against the infidel has no problem with teenage soldiers doing battle, or even leading armies. (Many suicide bombers are teenagers.) After all, it was a teenage general, Bin Qasim, who invaded India in the year 711 and is today the hero of most Muslims in India and Pakistan.Prophet Muhammad himself appointed a teenager, Osama Bin Zayd, to head an army against the Byzantines in Syria. After the Prophet’s death, Arabs refused to follow Osama, not because he was a teenager, but because he was a black African and a former slave.Now we know the tradition from which Khadr belched out his racist slurs. It’s the jihadi tradition.