The Rev. Franklin Graham says he is “shocked, hurt and stunned” that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave an $8 million settlement to a former al-Qaeda member who pleaded guilty to killing a US soldier and blinding another in a grenade attack. Omar Khadr claimed his civil rights were violated when he was tortured in Gitmo (personal aside: I’ve been to Gitmo, I’ve seen the accommodations, I’ve talked to the guards, and I don’t believe he was tortured). Millions of Canadians whose taxes are being used to enrich a terrorist are also shocked, hurt and stunned. But Trudeau defended his decision, claiming that if Canada had lost the case, it might have cost taxpayers $40 million (because, of course, he would have had no alternative other than to pay), and a just society must stand up for people’s rights, even when it’s difficult or unpopular.
Okay, then in the name of a just society, he should stand up against the Canadian judge who refused to freeze the $8 million so it could go to Khadr’s blinding victim and his murder victim’s widow, who rightfully won a $134 million wrongful death judgment against him. Having a judicial system that hands millions of taxpayer dollars to a murderous terrorist when he owes $134 million to his victims isn’t my definition of a “just society.”