The Love Story of Romeo and Omar

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Romeo Dallaire is best known for building a career on his pathetic failure to stop the genocide in Rwanda. Where other men might have felt eternal shame at the piles of bodies testifying to their failure, he saw a book deal. His book, “Shake Hands with the Devil” (foreword by Samantha Power), was turned into a movie from the director of “Turner & Hooch” and “Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot,” and he has made more appearances in documentaries than Michael Moore, showing up in “The Last Just Man,” “The Journey of Romeo Dallaire” and “The Greatest Canadian.”

Above all else, Romeo Dallaire is a humble man who avoids the spotlight and has built a political career on top of a media career built on top of a pile of bodies as the Liberal Senator for Quebec. In line with his expertise in doing nothing during a crisis, he sits on the Senate committee for national security and defense and the anti-terrorism committee. In that latter capacity he has been frantically lobbying on behalf of Omar Khadr.

Omar Khadr is an angry bearded Muslim terrorist who murdered Christopher Speer, a medic who six days earlier had walked into a minefield to save two wounded children. Omar Khadr, currently enjoying the hospitality of Gitmo, is often described as a “child soldier,” which at the age of 25, makes him one of the oldest child soldiers in history. Like Trayvon Martin’s supporters, Omar Khadr’s supporters brandish a teenaged photo of the boy that he hasn’t been in a long time as an argument in his defense.

“O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?” Juliet cried, but Canada’s Romeo is busy crying for Omar instead.

At the end of June, Romeo Dallaire, the man who had built a career on his inept opposition to war crimes, delivered a Senate speech full of outrage that Omar Khadr had been prosecuted for war crimes.

“It is my intention to speak about the nightmares this now man has suffered, the failures of our government to protect him,” the famous mustache waggled, “and the immediate necessity for this government to sign the transfer agreement and bring Omar back home.”

Canada does not particularly want a terrorist and murderer to pack up his “I Killed an American Infidel, Chilled in Gitmo and All I Got Was This T-Shirt” shirt along with a map of the Toronto subway system and come home. According to Romeo Dallaire this unwillingness is “a stain upon our society,” “a fundamental reproach” and a lot of other things that occasion mustache waggling.

The theme of Romeo’s Khadr speech was that Omar the Grenade-Thrower was a helpless lad who had no choice but to kill Americans and that since then dogs have barked at him while mean people shone lights in his face and asked him questions such as, “Why did you kill a medic who was there saving the lives of your fellow Muslims?”

Romeo Dallaire knows quite well that Omar Khadr isn’t some African child soldier who had a gun shoved in his hand before being marched out of his burning village. Romeo may be stupid and incompetent, but he isn’t that stupid. In his speech he urged Canadians to demonstrate wisdom and compassion toward junior terrorists “even if they or their families have done things of which we disapprove.”

What particular thing has the Khadr family done that we may “disapprove” of? Ahmed Khadr, Omar’s dad, was considered Canada’s highest ranking member of Al-Qaeda.

The Pakistanis locked up Khadr, but thanks to the intervention of Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, of Romeo’s Liberal Party, Papa Khadr was set free and came home to Canada. But soon he was back to his old tricks and was finally blown away, along with a bunch of Taliban and Al-Qaeda terrorists, in Waziristan.

Another son, Abdul Kareem Khadr, was left paralyzed in the raid, but returned to Canada to bask in the joys of the country’s health care system which took such good care of him that two years later he was being charged with sexual assault against a minor. Abdul was even younger than Omar when he was shot, but there is no word on Romeo Dallaire’s willingness to help rehabilitate this “child soldier” before he goes after any more children.

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  • Jakareh

    Outstanding article. I had only recently heard of Romeo Dallaire. He didn't move a finger to stop the genocide in Rwanda–he had orders, you know–but he's supposed to be a hero. Why? Because he felt bad about the whole thing. Incredibly, he seems to think that shaking hands with one of the head butchers was an act of courage. In less relativistic times, a military officer–the modern-day equivalent of a knight–would have been expected to lop off the head of such an individual nice with him.

    Romeo Dallaire went to Rwanda and showed himself to be a coward. Back home in Canada, he proved himself a traitor.

    • Jakareh

      Correction:

      would have been expected to lop off the head of such an individual instead of making nice with him.

  • David R

    Romeo Dallaire is still shaking hands with the devil and doesn't even have a moral inkling of the consequences. This Canadian Royal 22nd Regiment mustachio started his own career as a small and unimpressive boy soldier in the Republic of Quebec, and made it up the ranks to general. Quite small in stature, he probably developed a complex, and like many small Napoleons and Hitlers in society, always wanted to wear bigger shoes and possess the power toy to impress and compensate for a weak self-esteem.
    Rwanda was too big for his capacities and competence, just like the world issues today, obliging him to make major decisions and counselling he must now make as an ornament in the Senate. Having to live up to his movie star status and earn his expensive keep, he still tries as hard as the devil lets him to stand out…but always showing his moral blindness in situations where true logic and compassion must stand out.
    I wonder if he has a picture of Christopher Speers beside his beloved Omar sitting on his desk, and I also wonder how the heroic medic hero's family feel towards Dallaire's blind quest to make wrong seem right, while wasting Canadian taxpayers money and the country's solid world reputation, trying to save a radical Muslim terrorist who was bred from birth to hate and destroy us and God's blessed Jewish people.
    Regardless of Romeo's moral confusion, he still has a chance ahead of him to truly show compassion towards his terrorist teen…why not offer him a place to stay when he sets foot in Canada? Surely Dallaire's home would be the ideal haven to rehabilitate this killer and make him forget all the nasty injustices done to him by us?
    But Romeo be warned…while you chant your blind love words to Omar up on your balcony, he might just drop a bomb-laced flower pot on your head, or worst still…while you sleep with his photo next to you, watch that he doesn't slit your throat with the very razor you use to trim your now famous moustache!

  • Bet

    Had never heard of him before. A rat from hell.

  • David R

    Romeo Dallaire is still shaking hands with the devil and doesn't even have a moral inkling of the consequences. This Canadian Royal 22nd Regiment mustachio started his own career as a small and unimpressive boy soldier in the Republic of Quebec, and made it up the ranks to general. Quite small in stature, he probably developed a complex, and like many small Napoleons and Hitlers in society, always wanted to wear bigger shoes and possess the power toy to impress and compensate for a weak self-esteem.

  • TruthPlease

    ignorance pandering to the ignorant

    • aspacia

      Invalidate the claims, and stop with the fallacious personal attacks.

  • Oleg

    While I don't agree with his position on Omar Khadr I think this comes off as too much of a hit piece on Romeo Dallaire. I don't know what political career he was supposed to have built from his military service and experience in Rwanda, unlike the U.S senate Canadian senators are appointed by the prime minister, either Jen Creatin or Paul Martin, and are not elected, so it's not like using media exposure would have got him elected to the job.
    As for stopping the Rwandan genocide, maybe he could have done more but it was only a small peacekeeping force, not an entire battalion. There was also no support from anyone else to put a stop to the genocide, all of the other peackeeping forces were withdrawn, what about their cowardice?
    With regard to Omar Khadr, this is also not a cause celeb for Romeo Dallaire alone, this is the position of the Liberal Party of Canada. Even though Khadr was detained in 2002 while the Liberals were in office, and held in detention from that time until 2006 when they left office, they did not concider him an issue. Once they were gone and the Conservative war in power all in a sudden it became the human rights cause of the Liberal party and the rest of the Canadain left, even though he was captured, detained, and interrogated in Gitmo on their watch. Dallaire is just another Liberal Party foot soldier doing his job of bashing Harper's Conservatives.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      And do you really think his international profile had nothing to do with his appointment?

    • aspacia

      Dallaire is a threat to Canada and and naive regarding the West's enemies. Why apologize for this fool?

  • Ar'nun

    "which at the age of 25, makes him one of the oldest child soldiers in history"

    Well to be fair, Daniel, according to President Obama a 25 year old isn't adult enough to get their own Health Insurance!. ;)

    • Daniel Greenfield

      And a 45 year old isn't independent enough to be able to decide whether to get health insurance or not…

  • Ar'nun

    "Maybe “The Love Story of Romeo and Omar,”"

    Or maybe Broke Back Jihad. A love story where a moustached creton helps a child soldier fit bombs in an uncomfortable place.

  • Barry

    Absolutely brilliant again, Daniel….one more reason I am not proud to be a Canadian.

  • Rory

    Dallaire was, is, and always will be a contemptible, cowardly little villain of a man. As a serving officer of Her Majesty's Canadian Armed Forces he was a worthless little politician of a General- just the thing for serving as Commander of a U.N. mission. "The Right Stuff" in that context meaning a snivelling, whining, incompetent. As a serving member of the Canadian Army, I am ashamed to breathe the same air and inhabit the same province as this disgraceful, worthless little self-promoter. Anyone who reads this forum, or has an interest in justice, freedom, and actual "Human Rights" should be outraged at the utter duplicity, hypocrisy, and shamelessness of this pathetic vestige of a human being. He didn't even have the balls to kill himself effectively. Rather, he made a couple of shameful "suicide attempts" which were nothing more than pathetic attempts at getting attention, which- unlike his attempts at self destruction- were entirely successful. Shame on him. Always and forever!

    • Michael

      You are right 100%This pathetic sick man belong to mental institution.

  • Silver Scumbag

    The respect the Canadian public has for this useless clown who has done nothing in his life but live on the nipple of the Canadian over taxed public.

    The belief that Omar Khadr is an innocent child soldier is wrong. Like another over paid Senatorial clown, Irwin Cutler, the Canadian version of Bernie Sanders, in politics to feed his own pocket, he believes the same.

    In fact, Irwin has written such in many editorial Op-Eds. Yet, while Irwin's constituents are 75% Jewish, I cannot find any public editorial demanding the release of Gilad Shalit when he was held by the hamas vermin.

    Terrible shame Canada allows these no talent bums a life long salary and pension. Canada is broke 10 times Tuesday with limited credit.

    Our govt leeches and parasites do not make me proud to be Canadian. But as far as I can see, every Western govt. is full of leeches and parasites. This is the nature of govt.

  • mrbean

    As for Rwanda, Rwanda has main three ethnic tribes namely Hutu, Tutsi and Twa. The historic rivalry and hatred between Hutu and Tutsi tribes which ultimately led to the brutal genocide in the year 1994. In this genocide people of Tutsi tribes were killed at a massive level. The local African media incited the slaughter of Tutsi tribes by broadcasting volatile matter. The UN peacekeepers were very poorly equipped for combat. Remember that even young boys were wieldin machetes chopping of limbs and heads. Canadians as peacekeepers at that time were instructed by their leaders in Ottawa not to engage in combat with the local population lest Canada be labeled "baby killers" like those awfull Americans. As for Romeo Dallaire. he was, is, and always will be a"Trudeau" political eltitist who is unfit for commanding any combat unit anyway.

  • Canuck

    If nothing is done soon by the Canadian government, in the next few months, Omar Khadr will be returned by the US to Canada – Barack Obama practically pardoned him. However, Khadr may be dangerous, and at least will be a propaganda win for al-Qaida. Because the MSM and legal societies strongly support Khadr, he will be a media darling, and may win a settlement of millions of taxpayer dollars in a lawsuit against the government. BTW, Irwin Cotler’s riding is less than one third Jewish, and support by Jews and others in the riding is swinging towards the Conservative Party.

  • Drakken

    The time has come to make sure the troops of any western nation does not take muslim prisoners, the only good muslim jihadist is a dead muslim jihadist. Take Kadr and his inbred relatives and take them out back and hang them.

  • marios

    Everything and everyone having connection to Liberals (in his case to Liberal party of Canada) has the result: corruption, betrayal, hypocrisy, cynicism… Nowadays Liberals are leftists, socialists, neo-communists… the same definition actually for all of those titles. Leftists have the same goal as Islamists and use much the same in tactic as the last ones. Almost in all Western countries they control media and use propaganda as main arm to fool gullible people as under democracy they so far need to be elected. once they grab power their regime remind pure dictatorship. I think that many Liberals/leftists are on Islamists payroll. Saudi's use petrodollars to destroy Western countries from within, for instance. So that Romeo is just symptom of fatal modern illness "Liberalism".

  • RonL

    Romeo Dallaire is a detestable souless party hack and leftist clown. But he is nowhere near as contemptible as the people who vote for his.

  • Ghostwriter

    I wonder what the slogan for Romeo Dallaire's campaign will be? "Vote for me,I failed to stop a genocide" or "Elect me and I'll coddle terrorists"? Sounds to me as though the only position Dallaire would be qualified for is dog catcher.

  • UCSPanther

    The Khadr family are as much loyal Canadian citizens as the German American BUND around WWII were loyal American citizens…

  • Leo

    Canada does not want Khadr. Dallaire is just another of those bleeding heart liberals, pandering to a certain elitist group who do not realize that Khadr is an unrepentant murderer but still are willing to take him back into this country. Perhaps Daillaire should move to Afghanistan and take Khadr into his own home in that god forsaken country

  • Stephan

    Daniel, you are such a good writer. You should write something like "White Cells" together with Pierre Rehov.

  • Diane

    This is certainly an intriguing case. The Canadian Supreme Court has twice declared the Gtmo trial illegal and Khadr's rights violated, with Canadian participation, in 2008 and in 2010. They didn't uphold lower court decisions ordering the Government to ask for Khadr's return, because they didn't want to interfere in foreign policy, but they said the Government's foreign policy had to be in accordance with Canadian law and had to consider the need for a remedy to the violation of the rights of an individual.

    Canada's participation in the trial consisted of about 3 intelligence interrogations, out a large number of others, conducted at Gtmo when Khadr was 16 or 17 and had no legal advice at the time, nor knowledge that he would be charged with a crime, according to Canadian officers.

    The Government's first action in response to the Court was to ask the US not to use "Canadian" evidence in the trial. The US said it was up to the judge. How one would know the "Canadian" evidence from the other evidence is hard to say, but the judge didn't exclude any. The Government's next action in response to the Court decision seemed to be signing the agreement to "favourably consider" transferring Khadr to a Canadian prison to serve out the remainder of an 8 year sentence after one more year in Gtmo. According to the agreement, signed in September of 2010, they knew this would be used by the US to help convince Khadr to plead guilty and accept the deal on the sentence. But, would this really remedy to the violation of rights the Court declared? Who knows? Possibly it would be considered the best Canada could do under the circumstances.

    The request for transfer was received, as expected, and the US approved, as expected, but the Government has been stalling ever since. Khadr's lawyers have launched yet another court case, asking the courts to force the Government to live up to the deal and make a decision. The Government says it's missing information and wont talk any more because the case is before the courts. What information could there be that they couldn't have requested before they agreed to "favourably consider" a transfer, or very soon thereafter, almost two years ago?

    Public opinion hasn't really changed. Canadians have always been roughly evenly divided, except that, predictably, the side opposing Khadr's return has grown more vociferous, knowing it might happen sooner rather than later, and, predictably, a lot of the most vociferous are among the Government's own supporters.

    It seems Khadr must be returned to Canada at the end of his sentence, if not before. Can the US be expected to keep a Canadian citizen in prison indefinitely, after offering him a plea bargain and after the sentence runs out, just because Canada refuses to take him back? There is no argument to expect any other country to take him.

    It would seem to be in Canadian security interest to get him to a prison in Canada ASAP, so Canadians can assess the situation for themselves and get an idea of what is best to do from a security point of view, what measures are needed to mitigate any risk, what kind of surveillance methods can be used after the sentence runs out, and so on. There doesn't seem to be any argument that the US or any other country should assume this responsibility at this point, unless I'm missing something.

  • Not Ovenready

    Daniel,
    Bang on. We need you to speak in Canada.