The bleeding-heart media continues to call murderous Omar Khadr a “child soldier,” but I’ve pierced that myth before. Breaking this morning, Khadr has pleaded guilty to five charges related to the killing of U.S. soldier Christopher Speer.
Via the Globe and Mail:
Omar Khadr, the only Canadian, only child soldier and only Guantanamo Bay detainee charged with battlefield homicide in the killing a U.S. soldier, pleaded guilty to all terrorism and murder charges on Monday.
“Yes” said Mr. Khadr, when Army Col Patrick Parrish, the military judge asked him if he understood what he was doing.
Wearing a dark suit, white shirt and dark tie, the tall, burly and bearded Mr. Khadr, was sworn in shortly after 9 a.m. Within minutes it became clear that the long, much-disrupted legal process at his war crimes trial was coming to a plea-bargained end. In less than an hour, the hearing was over.
With his head bowed in the courtroom Mr. Khadr only rarely looked up to meet the judge’s gaze as Col. Parrish read through a long list of questions detailing the charges. Mr. Khadr assented to knowing that he was attacking civilians, that he wanted to kill U.S. troops that he planted mines and that he received one-on-one terrorist training from an al-Qaeda operative.
By 9:15 a.m. barely 10 minutes after the proceeding began, Mr. Khadr had quietly answered “yes” to the long list of questions from the judge, all designed to establish absolutely his willingness to agree to the details of the charges.
He agreed, for instance, that he was an “alien, unprivileged, enemy belligerent,” unqualified therefore to shoot back or engage in combat hostilities with U.S. or other coalition forces. He said he understood he was guilty of “murder in violation of the laws of war” and that he was a member of al-Qaeda.
No tears for Khadr. Save them for Sergeant First Class Christopher Speer and his surviving family.
[Omar]is in U.S. custody at Guantanamo Bay for his alleged role in an ambush of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan last summer. Omar is accused of lobbing the hand grenade that killed Sergeant First Class Christopher Speer, a 28-year-old medic with the U.S. Special Forces.
“That wasn’t a panicky teen-ager we encountered that day,” Sergeant First Class Layne Morris of South Jordan, Utah, who lost his right eye in the ambush, told the Boston Globe last month. “That was a trained al-Qaida who wanted to make his last act on earth the killing of an American.”
Speer left behind a wife and two children, ages 3 and 11 months. Just days before his murder, Speer had selflessly walked into a minefield to rescue two wounded Afghan children.