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Return of Khadr doesn't make mother of fallen soldier 'happy'
Toronto Sun ^ | Sept.29/12 | Joe Warmington

Posted on 09/30/2012 4:42:35 AM PDT by Dartman

TORONTO - Darlene Cushman’s son is not coming home no matter what political deals are worked out.

Trooper Darryl Caswell already had his repatriation. But his was in a box.

In fact Saturday’s secret homecoming of the murderous, convicted terrorist/boy soldier brought on the opposite of happy for the mom of one of

Canada’s 158 fallen soldiers in the war in Afghanistan.

It brings it all back.

“He is very, very happy to be home,” Omar Khadr’s lawyer John Norris said Saturday.

Isn’t that nice for him.

Forgive Cushman if she doesn’t pop the cork on a bottle of champagne to celebrate this weekend’s big news.

“It’s a very sad day,” said Cushman whose “wonderful son” was killed in 2007 by a road side bomb like the ones the Khadr family has been accused of planting in Afghanistan. “It’s re-hurting all us parents and families all over again.”

The irony is sick.

Khadr was released from the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and landed at CFB Trenton — the same place all fallen Canadian soldiers have been returned after being killed in Afghanistan.

He then travelled for a short portion of the Highway of Heroes to his last stop at Millhaven Penitentiary before most likely next year becoming a free man.

But he is no hero.

In fact, he was part of the enemy who fought against our side.

And no matter the spin, he is responsible and pleaded guilty to the murder of an American ally.

“There are no real words to describe it,” said a sombre Cushman. “He is going to get freedom and my son and the others are not going to get that second chance.”

Slain U.S. Sgt. Christopher Speer, a combat medic, won’t either.

Meanwhile, Khadr’s lawyer described the now 26-year-old as being “in good spirits.”

I’m glad somebody is.

“It still hurts every day,” said Cushman. “There is no justice.”

Still, the hands of Canadian government officials were tied in this one and there was little else they could do but to receive Khadr.

Poor Public Safety Minister Vic Toews looked like he was going to throw up at a Winnipeg news conference but he still got the point across that “Omar Khadr is a known supporter of the al-Qaida terrorist network and a convicted terrorist.”

You bet he is.

And, before long, he will be living and enjoying all of the freedoms Canadians in a free country enjoy. He is Canadian and Canada has brought him home.

But now that Canada did it’s part it’s time for Khadr to do his. Canada is a forgiving country and other killers and followers of tyranny have received second chances here before.

However, not before there was some contrition offered.

Forgiveness will come, but first Khadr needs to renounce all his former jihadist ways and speak out against all of it. He needs to become the symbol of all that is wrong with radical Islam and encourage young people to stay out of holy wars.

He also needs to properly apologize for all he’s done.

Canadians also need, and deserve, to hear from Khadr that he understands just how lucky he is to be Canadian and that he denounces all forms of terrorism.

He may even want to say thank you.

But even if he ever does any of this, you’ll forgive a mom of a fallen soldier like Darlene Cushman if she doesn’t get excited for him.

TOPICS: Canada; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: omarkhadr
Interesting that the first of 177 comments at the end of the article is this,

I'm a son of Asian immigrants, and I think it's absolutely vile that this kid is coming back to Canada. I also think it's vile that the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the govt had violated his rights by not seeking his release. Courts shouldn't stay isolated from public opinion, because otherwise they undermine their own credibility and public confidence in them. Without public confidence, any constitution or constitutional authority is reduced to mere printed pieces of paper. When you commit treason, there should be no second chance or reprieve. Multiculturalism is destroying the moral foundation of the country.

1 posted on 09/30/2012 4:42:41 AM PDT by Dartman
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To: Dartman; Clive; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; ...

Canada Ping!

2 posted on 09/30/2012 4:47:21 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Dartman

The entire Khader family are notorious welfare sponges, taking from the system whatever, whenever they can. Then you have all their idiot white liberal supporters in Canada making them into a cause célèbre

3 posted on 09/30/2012 5:00:15 AM PDT by dennisw (Government be yo mamma - Re-elect Barack Obama)
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To: dennisw
Meanwhile, Canada's most famous welfare recipients — Muslim or otherwise — remain the Khadrs. Confessed war criminal Omar Khadr still resides in Guantanamo Bay, having pleaded guilty to killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan in 2002. However, his extended family members, all of whom share his radical views, continue to live on welfare in a Toronto suburb.

Despite the public outrage provoked by the Toronto Sun in 2008, little evidence suggests that the situation has improved in Canada. In early 2011, the Mounties charged Ahmad El-Akhal, a Quebec immigration consultant, with "providing Canadian citizenship documents to hundreds of people in the Middle East so they could collect benefits and tax refunds" to the tune of $500,000. Adding an original twist on the venerable scam, none of the individuals receiving benefits actually lived in Canada. According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the scheme had been going on since 1999.

4 posted on 09/30/2012 5:04:43 AM PDT by dennisw (Government be yo mamma - Re-elect Barack Obama)
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To: Dartman

I hope the RCMP / Cdn. Security Service will interview this turkey right after he gets out of jail, to find out if he still supports a radical Islamist agenda - and if so, then have him declared “a dangerous offender”, and locked away permanently.

Or a quick street assassination, that would work for me also.

5 posted on 09/30/2012 7:10:26 AM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: Dartman

1 will get ya 10 this terrorist is out on the streets in only a few years on parole.

Remember, this whole family is highly protected by the political class in Canada.

Former Liberal PM Chretien lobbied to have the patriarch of the terrorist family released to Canada long ago:

During a two-day trade mission to Pakistan, Prime Minister Jean Chretien said he discussed Mr. Khadr’s case with Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto to “make sure respect of the laws and due process would be followed and the person would be treated in a reasonable fashion.”

Mr. Chretien is scheduled to meet briefly with Mr. Khadr’s wife, Maha Elsamnah, today in Islamabad.

Ahmed. In 1996, when Omar was just 9, then-prime minister Jean Chrétien personally intervened to get Ahmed Khadr, a Canadian citizen, sprung from jail in Pakistan, where he’d been arrested in connection with the bombing of the Egyptian embassy in Islamabad. Ahmed Khadr, who was also lionized by the media and human-rights groups, really was a terrorist - a senior al-Qaeda operative who used his new-found freedom to train his sons as soldiers for jihad.

6 posted on 09/30/2012 8:44:49 AM PDT by Para-Ord.45
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To: dennisw

barry soetoro: vying for the title of the most vile murderer in muslim history.

7 posted on 09/30/2012 8:55:09 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Para-Ord.45

Yeah well, that was Chretien. You have not, and will not, see anything like that from PM Harper. Khadr will have to be under extreme protection in Millhaven. He’s in there with the “worst of the worst”, where he belongs. It may only be a couple of years, but Gitmo is going to feel like a vacation compared to Millhaven.

8 posted on 09/30/2012 9:21:45 AM PDT by Dartman
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To: Dartman


Cdn. jail, Cdn. parole system.

There is no “life “ sentence in Canada. Max is 25 years minus the years he`s already served in Git.

9 posted on 09/30/2012 9:52:08 AM PDT by Para-Ord.45
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To: Dartman

“When the government does not protect the public from criminals, or worse, when government takes the side of the criminals against the public, vigilantism may result.”

Individual vigilantism can occur at any time, but by definition is the product of perceived unfairness and partiality. Importantly, group vigilantism almost never begins violently, except spontaneously during the commission of a crime, ending when the criminal is detained or killed.

At any time, group vigilantism can be halted simply by the government doing its job.

Typically, vigilantism begins as a petition to government that they should fairly enforce the law. When this is ignored, the public joins organizations like “block watches”, observing and reporting the activities of criminals to the government.

When this is ignored, the public attempts to use ordinary means to replace the defective government. But in many cases, the government is so entrenched and corrupt in its power, this cannot be done.

This typically results in the formation of a real, though still non-violent, vigilante organization. Their purpose is to make it difficult for criminals to operate in their area. Driving away and shaming customers for example.

At this point, if government still resists, it is because it is complicit with the criminal behavior. As such, it sees the vigilante organization as a threat to its power. Thus it may try to shut down the organization, or coerce or even arrest its leaders. It may even advise the criminals who to target for harassment.

This usually does not drive the vigilante organization to violence. Only when the criminals or the government decide to attack and kill some of the vigilantes is the final straw broken.

The vigilante group becomes a mob. But after all of this, their intent is still just to drive out the criminals, and maybe the corrupt government, from the area. And only if they meet armed resistance from either do they finally become the violent mob that considerable efforts are made to associate with all forms of vigilantism, after the fact.

The violent mob usually works, however. Most criminals are cowards, and there are too few police unsympathetic with the mob to stop them. Criminals who are captured are hung or shot, and within a day, general public order is restored in the absence of government.

Only after this point does a superior government usually enter the situation, demanding to know who the vigilantes are so they can be arrested. But after some inquiry, and the establishment of a new local government, retribution, if any, is limited. Though the old government always demands power back, this is seldom granted.

In this case, because the Canadian government has not made it a practice to do this, the biggest threat to the criminal is individual retribution, either inside prison, or after he is released.

10 posted on 09/30/2012 10:02:06 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
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