They outline the cases of numerous Muslims who were detained abroad or deported from Canada on flimsy and often-withdrawn allegations of terrorism, and who did not receive the consular attention enjoyed by white Canadians in comparable positions.
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Yet Shadia Drury, conflating Muslims with immigrants, argues immigrants are intent on turning Canada into something Ottoman-esque and thus have only themselves to blame for the collective guilt to which they are now being subject. This anthology is a helpful overview of how far the movement for justice for Khadr has come — and a reminder of how far it still has to go. The domestication of his incarceration may make it dangerously easy to forget him now since he joins a prison population whose disproportionate racialization, as Yasmin Jiwani points out in the book, is grossly normalized.
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The federal government was sticking to its lines about the delayed transfer of convicted war criminal Omar Khadr from Guantanamo Bay on the eve of a Thursday news conference by his normally taciturn legal team. In July, , a year-old Canadian citizen murdered U. Sergeant First Class Christopher Speer by throwing a grenade at him — or so the boy, Omar Khadr, confessed — and ever since, Khadr has been at the centre of a maelstrom of a morbidly fascinating series of hearings, verdicts, judgments and appeals that have trundled all the way up to the Supreme Court of Canada and back.
With a father who was an al-Qaeda financier and commander, and pretty well an entire family in Osama bin Laden's inner circle, Khadr has spent most of the past decade at the notorious U. Khadr's travails in Guantanamo reached something of a denouement in October, Or so it seemed, after he pleaded guilty to murder and several other terrorism-related charges, and Ottawa signed off on a creepy bargain brokered by the White House to have him transferred back to Canada to serve out the final seven years of his sentence.
Khadr was eligible for transfer last November, but for reasons Public Safety Minister Vic Toews has not explained, he's still down there. Intrigues abound, but there are many documented and necessary facts you will not read in Omar Khadr, Oh Canada about the boy hero of the anthology's title. For one thing, you will not learn that Khadr, an accomplished al-Qaeda bomb-maker, is still keen on jihadism , or that his forensic psychiatrist, Michael Welner, deems him to be "full of rage" and a serious danger to society even 10 years after his arrest in Afghanistan. Neither would you know that Khadr, whose claims of torture were dismissed by U.
Military Judge Colonel Patrick Parrish two years ago as utterly without evidence or credibility, "even using a liberal interpretation considering the accused's age," is a cunning manipulator who has skillfully traded on his al-Qaeda status among his fellow inmates, or that he has admitted that when he feels a bit glum, he will cheer himself up by recalling happier times building infidel-killing land mines. You will read that Moazzam Begg, the Guantanamo alumnus and Khadr's cellmate during their brief stay at the U.
A surprising thing you will read is that the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in Khadr's case that Ottawa was "complicit in the torture of Canadian citizens. But those words, or anything like them, do not appear in the Supreme Court's January, , decision. The court did rule, however, that Ottawa had violated Khadr's constitutional rights, by commission and omission. But facts aren't really the point of Omar Khadr, Oh Canada.
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The point is to allow Williamson, a professor of English and film studies at the University of Alberta, to bring together nearly three dozen poets, professors, lawyers, pundits and others to express the many ways they are appalled with and dismayed about the many undeniable injustices associated with Khadr's confinement and trial, and to address the big questions they reckon the Khadr case raises. In this way, the anthology provides a useful service as a kind of historical and cultural artifact of the received wisdom in Canada in regard to the past decade's American-led "war on terror," and the way it calcified around Omar Khadr's sad and confounding story.
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The book's got everything from thoughtful analysis and reflection to the comical weirdness that is indelibly associated with postcolonial studies. At the reasonable end of the spectrum, University of Alberta political scientists Andy Knight and John McCoy take a refreshing look at the contested matter of whether Khadr is rightly considered a child soldier. If so, and recruitment of children to fight wars is an international crime, why aren't any of the gruesome Canadian adults in the Khadr clan behind bars?
Then there's Jasmin Zine, who teaches race, ethnic, gender and postcolonial studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. Zine admonishes us to regard Baghram and Guantanamo as modern-day "colonial plantations" and Nazi concentration camps. She chalks up the Khadr affair to Canada's collective multicultural failure to properly integrate his Egyptian-Palestinian family — it's Canada's fault the Khadrs opted for mayhem-wreaking from Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.