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There are no easy labels in the Omar Khadr saga

By Scott Taylor      

In a combat situation, calling someone a ‘victim’ and someone else their ‘murderer’ is difficult rationale to understand.

Omar Khadr was 15 when he went to Guantano Bay, and eight years later plead guilty to murder in violation of the law of war, which he later recanted. Scott Taylor writes that he has always been perplexed that the U.S. authorities could consider a soldier killed in battle to have been murdered. Screenshot courtesy of CBC’s The National

OTTAWA—There is continued debate about how and why the widow of a U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan could lay claim to the $10.5-million payout, which was awarded to Omar Khadr. This discussion always sets social media platforms abuzz with the usual hate frenzy aimed at Khadr.

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