In light of Obama's desire to close Guantanamo Bay Detention Center
Far from the White House in far-off Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a judge granted Obama's request to suspend the war crimes trial of a young Canadian, Omar Khadr. The judge, Army Col. Patrick Parrish, issued a one-sentence order for the 120-day continuance without so much as a hearing, possibly the beginning of the end for the former administration's system of trials for alleged terrorists. Obama has the intention of closing Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp. The inmates at Gitmo are suspected terrorists and should be considered high risk. I have to side with many of my cohorts when I stress that I see no problem of a death penalty being carried out for terrorists. I do not support torture or any other forms of prisoner mistreatment. I do not support the closing of Gitmo, but rather a tighter control of the how prisoners are treated. Even though they are terrorists, the basic necessities of human beings should be maintained. One must remember, though, that these people have elected to play the game without any rules. And therefore, we must also play outside the normal rules of war when dealing with these people.
"I like my son to be brave...I would like my son to be trained to protect himself, to protect his home, to protect his neighbor, to see a young girl innocent, being raped or attacked, to really fight to defend it. I would really love to do that, and I would love my son to grow with this mentality...[a]nd you would you like me to raise my child in Canada and by the time he's 12 or 13 he'll be on drugs or having some homosexual relation or this and that? Is it better? For me, no. I would rather have my son as a strong man who knows right and wrong and stands for it, even if it's against his parents."
Most news stories arising from the documentary stated only that Elsamnah believed that raising her children in Canada would cause them to be homosexual drug addicts, solidifying Canadian public sentiment against the family, but also in this interview, she stated that she was proud to have her son train in bin Laden's camp.
In an interview with the CBC in March, Omar's sister Zaynab said she can't understand why her brother should be vilified for his part in the battle.
While my opinion at the end may be harsh, it is based on my interaction with the Middle East during times of war (ODS), my experience in the U.S. Army, the experiences of my military friends, and with refugees both from Iraq and Afghanistan.