Canadian Homecoming For Convicted Terrorist Omar Khadr

Reprinted from the Toronto Sun.

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.


  • guest

    Home? Canada? I think not. This is a Canadian of convenience, with NO loyalty to Canada. He is there to replace government
    with sharia. Period.

    • Sunbeam

      He is there to change civilizations and replace Canadian government. He is no loyal to Canada.

  • PAthena

    See Ezra Levamnt's book on Omar Khadr.
    So much for President Barack Obama's attitude to Islamic terrorism.

  • Andy

    With luck a heroic prisoner will kill him while in jail and put to end this comedy of errors.

  • Drakken

    The only good muslim terrorist, is a dead muslim terrorist. Note to the military and intelligence communities, leave them on the battlefield, perferably with one in the heart and one in the head.

  • UCSPanther

    I wager he will be back to his old tricks sooner or later.

    As I have said before, the Khadr family are as much loyal Canadian citizens as the German American BUND were loyal American citizens.


    Let a Canadian fur trapper treat Omar Khadr like a baby seal.

  • Real Canadian

    The Harper government did everything to keep this terrorist out, but succumbed to US pressure. He's no Canadian,despite being being on Can.soil by his OBL associated family of terrorists who shared . "If a cat has kittens in an oven, that doesn't make them cookies" according to an Irish proverb.hiding encampments in Pakistan.

  • Mark D

    Canada be ready for the Blind Sheik next, he will probably try to blow something up in your country too.

  • Ghostwriter

    Well,Real Canadian,the Obama administration's terrorism policy has been lax to say the least.

  • Fritz

    I wonder what the going rate is in a Canadian Federal pen to "shank" someone these days? A case of cigarettes? $10,000 to a lifer's girlfriend? But knowing a few former inmates, if they were still behind bars, many would volunteer for the job as a patriotic act, especially since little Omar is such a darling of the Canadian Left. Of course even if he's let out there is no guarantee that he won't have a "traffic accident" while crossing the street, something that is notoriously difficult to prove as a crime, especially if he goes on a speaking tour or manages to bamboozle a court into awarding him millions as a judgement from Canadian taxpayers.
    One thing's for certain, Khadr will find life in a Canadian prison very different from the life he lived in "Club Gitmo", there is a pecking order among prisoners in prison and he will be at the back of the line not the high roller he was back in Cuba. The majority of inmates in Canadian prisons are Indian, they run the show, and I don't think they would have much use for a Canadian of convenience.

  • Richard Brazeau

    Sad day to be a Canadian,People don't know what is happening in this world.
    Hope that prison will bring Justice.

  • tarasbalderdash

    They don't shank people in Guantanamo. But he's not going to be in Guantanamo anymore. After that I think we can spare a pig. We should be able to spare a pig to be buried with each and every terrorist, drought or no drought.

  • ross1948

    Many, probably most Canadains would say he's NOT Canadian. He forfeited his country by his treason. And BTW, please analyse the Facebook bias here – I just had ANOTHER magic message from the FB Geekstapo, serving the enemy cause as ever – 'some content in this has been reported as abusive'
    BY WHOM, you trolls?