To the editor,
Re: Khadr settlement creating dissatisfaction, Letters, Aug. 3.
I am so disturbed by these three letters that I am unable to sleep, writing this at 3:30 a.m.
The first letter is filled with anti-Islam hate and lies. How can the author describe a Canadian youth who has been taken by his family to defend their ancestral homeland a “terrorist?” The very word implies that there is some act involved which would terrorize the general population. Hardly suitable for the battlegrounds of Afghanistan in 2002.
The second letter perpetrates the lie that somehow Khadr was a criminal and a murderer for defending his family. According to this logic, every soldier who kills an enemy combatant during war owes the family of that enemy financial reward. Khadr is in fact much less responsible than our many respected veterans who were there prepared to kill of their own volition.
The third writer is so concerned with disparaging the reputations of two Trudeaus that he forgets the very principle of democracy. If Khadr is denied his constitutional rights as a Canadian citizen, we could all lose our rights to, among many other things, diplomatic protection by our country.
A.E. Teasdale, Nanaimo