U.S. Gives Chretien a Mulligan for Terrorist-Friendly Agenda

By Malkin, Michelle | Insight on the News, May 13, 2003 | Go to article overview

U.S. Gives Chretien a Mulligan for Terrorist-Friendly Agenda


Malkin, Michelle, Insight on the News


Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien recently vacationed in the Dominican Republic, where he teed off with former U.S. president Bill Clinton in the Soft-on-Terror Masters Tournament.

While Chretien golfs, his fellow countryman and favorite accused terrorist Ahmad Said Khadr still is on the loose.

Khadr, an Egyptian-born Canadian citizen, is considered by intelligence officials to be the highest-ranking Canadian within Osama bin Laden's inner circle. He studied computer science at the University of Ottawa and worked for an Ottawa-based Islamic charity, Human Concern International, which Chretien's government generously subsidized.

Khadr is suspected of diverting charity funds to bin Laden and other jihadists, and of serving as a chief terrorist recruiter. Known as al-Kanadi (Arabic for "the Canadian"), Khadr previously had been in custody in Pakistan for the 1995 bombing of the Egyptian Embassy in Islamabad that killed 17 people.

As I've noted before (and it is especially worth repeating in light of attempts by some high-ranking U.S. diplomats to make amends with Canada), our so-called friend and supposed war-on-terror partner Chretien was instrumental in securing Khadr's freedom.

Chretien personally intervened on behalf of Khadr during a 1996 state visit to Pakistan, aggressively seeking guarantees from Benazir Bhutto, then the country's prime minister, that Khadr would receive due process and fair treatment. The suspected Egyptian Islamic Jihad terrorist was released shortly after Chretien's diplomatic lobbying campaign.

The United Nations, United States and Canada (last, of course) since have frozen the fugitive Khadr's assets due to his suspected ties to bin Laden. One of his sons, an al-Qaeda operative and former terror-training-camp commander, is on the run with Khadr.

Another of Khadr's sons, 16-year-old 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 Sgt. 1st 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," Sgt. …

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