Justin Trudeau’s glossy exterior often distracts us from his unapologetic moral bankruptcy. By all metrics, he should be the laughingstock of the entire world. An elitist showman, the boy with the silver spoon in his mouth has gone from teaching yoga to offering sycophantic eulogies to the likes of Fidel Castro, the Cuban dictator who filled his coffers with blood money forcibly seized from his own people under the banner of communism.
The problem is Trudeau’s far-left pathology is only getting worse. Last week, the Canadian Prime Minister issued a formal apology to Omar Khadr, an al-Qaeda terrorist convicted of killing an American serviceman. This isn’t satire or some conservative caricature of liberal naiveté. This is real. Trudeau’s apology, delivered on behalf of the Canadian government, comes on the heels of leaked reports revealing that Trudeau is handing Khadr a whopping $10.5 million settlement to make up for all that the murderous al-Qaeda operative has supposedly endured. As The Wall Street Journal notes, “That’s an extravagant sum in the Canadian justice system, which is much more restrained in awarding damages than U.S. courts.”
For Khadr’s victim, Sgt. First Class Christopher Speer, the settlement might as well be a second death. It’s almost 15 years ago today that Khadr tossed a grenade in Speer’s direction. The attack resulted in Speer’s death and the partial blinding of Sgt. First Class Layne Morris.
Shortly after the July 27, 2002 incident, Khadr confessed to his crime and pled guilty before a war-crimes commission in Guantanamo Bay. Though Khadr’s left-wing supporters justify his actions by claiming that he was only a teenager (a fighting age male of 16 years old) at the time, the al-Qaeda member had spent years training as a killer alongside other jihadist operatives in Afghanistan. Living with his father, Khadr allegedly resided in Osama Bin Laden’s compound in the Kandahar region of Afghanistan before carrying out the fateful attack that killed Speer and permanently injured Morris.
So how did Khadr go from a prison cell in Gitmo to not only becoming a free man, but a rich man, courtesy of Trudeau’s depraved, terrorist-sympathizing regime? The Journal explains:
Mr. Khadr was just shy of his 16th birthday at the time of the attack. In 2010 Canada’s Supreme Court held that the interrogation of Mr. Khadr at Guantanamo Bay by Canadians in 2003-04 violated Canadian standards for the treatment of detained youths. These violations occurred during the mandates of Liberal Prime Ministers Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin. The Supreme Court left it to the government, then headed by Conservative Stephen Harper, to determine an appropriate remedy, and to the civil courts to rule on any damages.
A few months later Mr. Khadr entered his guilty plea on five war-crimes charges. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison, reduced by pretrial agreement to eight years. The Harper government determined that returning Mr. Khadr to Canada would be the appropriate remedy. In 2012 he was repatriated to serve the remaining years of his sentence. He was released on bail in 2015.
Mr. Khadr wasn’t satisfied. He sued the Canadian government for 20 million Canadian dollars (about US$16 million at current exchange rates).
Meanwhile in Utah, Sgt. Speer’s widow, Tabitha, his two young children and Mr. Morris sued Mr. Khadr and received a judgment for $134.1 million in damages. Their goal was to preserve possible future action against Mr. Khadr’s assets — at the time a remote possibility.
But last week Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a formal apology to Mr. Khadr and a massive cash settlement, though no court had ordered him to do so.