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Canada’s Trudeau rewards a homegrown jihadist

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Canada’s boyish male model type, former snowboard instructor, nightclub bouncer, and heir to a political dynasty, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is a total joke. Unlike his predecessor, Stephen Harper, he is simply not a serious leader for a nation currently endangered by the rising tide of radical Islamic terror. And he is no ally of the United States.

Under Trudeau, Canada has apologized, and agreed to pay convicted terrorist Omar Khadr over C$10 million for killing and harming Americans. Khadr was found guilty of “murder in violation of the laws of war” and other offenses.

Khadr, a radical Muslim Canadian who was brought to Afghanistan by his al-Qaeda-loving father, was detained at Guantanamo after tossing a grenade into a firefight that killed U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer, and partially blinded another American, Layne Morris, both of the 19th Special Forces Group. During his time at Guantanamo, Khadr was “oppressed” – according to his attorneys – by sleep deprivation, lies, and harsh language.

In 2004, this terrorist sued Canada for violating his rights as a citizen by cooperating with the U.S. in the war on terror. Around the same time, Tabitha Speer, Chris Speer’s widow, and Layne Morris took Khadr to court in the U.S. for the wrongful death of her husband.

It was at this point that the boyish male model prime minister intervened. The Canadian government settled the case, and agreed to apologize to Khadr, and showered him with cash. Khadr has also been freed from prison.

Trudeau and his government have claimed that they had no choice but to cave to the terrorist.  This is, however, a questionable assertion. More importantly, no Canadian government serious about fighting terrorism would have settled such a suit rather than fighting it to the bitter end. There is no real dispute about whether Khadr did what he was convicted of by the U.S. military tribunal:

Khadr’s lawyers have long said he was pushed into war by his father, Ahmed Said Khadr, whose family stayed with Osama bin Laden briefly when Omar Khadr was a boy. Khadr’s Egyptian-born father was killed in 2003 when a Pakistani military helicopter shelled the house where he was staying with senior al-Qaida operatives. After his 2015 release from prison in Alberta, Omar Khadr apologized to the families of the victims.

Perhaps for this reason, Khadr didn’t even bother to contest the U.S. lawsuit against him.  As a result, Speer and Morris won a $134 million wrongful-death default judgment.

Of course, when the apology and payment were announced, the opposition party in Canada, the Conservatives, were strongly critical of the decision (as befits the more pro-American, strongly anti-jihadist party of Stephen Harper). In response, the Trudeau government started whining about how such criticism might compromise the looming renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Like a bunch of adolescents. This complaint would be laughable, if it wasn’t over such a serious subject.

Justin Trudeau became prime minister of Canada trading on the nostalgic appeal of his father, former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau . Prior to his election, Trudeau the Lesser had done nothing of any real consequence. Since taking office, he has gushingly praised the late Cuban dictator, the brutal Fidel Castro, deliberately exploded the budget deficit, and now, prematurely apologized and paid millions to a murderous Canadian terrorist. What a record Trudeau Jr. is accumulating!

Hopefully, the Khadr scandal will be enough to turn the majority of voters in Canada against Trudeau. But it can’t happen soon enough.