William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD

BOY SOLDIERS?

Canadian Army Apprentices were only sixteen
When they joined up to serve both Country and Queen
When I was seventeen I joined the Queen’s Own
A farewell to family and Ottawa friends around home

Omar Khadr is a Canadian Terrorist who fought in the front line
Toronto family terrorists made our Country’s Reputation decline
A young killer of US soldiers with Moslem terrorists aligned
Seeking seventy two virgins his soul in heaven enshrined

Our young offenders act can protect him no more
Contemplating and completing the murder of US infidels off shore
He’s In Guantanamo Bay in a prison cell with a firmly locked door
Khadr pays for voluntarily fighting on the wrong side of the Afghanistan War

He will be lucky if no death penalty is sought
In many other theatres he would have been shot
He sits safe in his cell reading his copy of the Koran
Omar the terrorist soldier fought and killed like a man!

Why would Canada ever want him back on our street
Training other terrorists who now practice deceit
He could be a leader with front line experience to tell
As he became an instructor in his own Canadian sleeper cell?

KHADR NOT CHILD SOLDIER, JUDGE RULES

Steven Edwards
CanWest News Service: May 1, 2008

NEW YORK — A U.S. military judge has dismissed the argument that Omar Khadr — 15 at the time he allegedly threw a hand grenade that killed a U.S. serviceman — should be spared prosecution on grounds he was a “child soldier” under international law.

Col. Peter Brownback essentially endorsed the Pentagon argument that people under the age of 18 can be brought before the U.S. war crimes commissions at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to Khadr’s military defence lawyer, LtCmdr Bill Kuebler.

The rejection is a significant setback for Khadr’s defence, and little now stands in the way of his trial going ahead as scheduled around the end of July.

But Kuebler says it reflects what he and a significant number of jurists and human rights activists around the world call the bias of the commissions.

“This ruling is an embarrassment to the United States,” said Kuebler, who has vigorously campaigned for the Canadian government to call for Khadr’s return from the United States on grounds he can’t get a fair trial in Guantanamo.

“The military commission process has now clearly failed and Canada will share in the embarrassment if it does not act soon.”

The process can impose the death penalty on those convicted of capital crimes.

Khadr faces five war-crimes charges, including murder — though the prosecution has said it will not seek the death penalty in his case if he is convicted, but could ask that he be imprisoned for life.