This is a common argument over Omar Khadr, “what if he’s not guilty?” Not unexpectedly these arguments come mostly from those who have never served in a war zone, indeed most have never served period. Unless you have faced a dangerous situation where an enemy wants to kill you, your opinions really have no validity. In a war zone one does not have the time to ask the age of the person trying to kill you. Whether a 15 year old or 25 year old it makes no difference, both are deadly. Using the excuse his father forced him or his father took him to Afghanistan at age 9 really isn’t an argument. He was there and that should be the end of the story. He was not there sightseeing, he was not there as a tourist. To claim he was just a child and was forced by his father is not a believable excuse. He was armed, he was dangerous, and he was intent on killing. Whether he did the actual throwing of the grenade or not, is probably impossible to prove in this situation. In war no one can be sure of who kills who and no one has the time to worry about it, the only important issue is survival. The huge sum of tax payers money he has been handed rates up there with a Lotto Win.
I was in the Royal Navy at age 15,( granted my father didn’t make me join), I had a mind of my own and I made my own decision. I was just one of many 15 year old serving in the Navy. We understood why we were there and what we were being trained for. Boys my age had just lived through the blitz and deprivation of six years of World war. We were seriously patriotic, proud of our uniform and our flag. The military may no longer accept 15 year olds, nevertheless the young men and women serving today are I’m sure, just as proud and patriotic.
The attached photo is of me at age 15.
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