July 04, 2017

(FLASHBACK) Maclean's "grotesque" Omar Khadr cover is "propaganda"

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

(Originally published November 4, 2015) Have you seen the cover of the new Maclean’s magazine? That’s Rinelle Harper sitting down — she’s the Aboriginal woman who was attacked and left for dead in Winnipeg.

She became a symbol for racist violence against Aboriginal women — though her alleged attacker was himself Aboriginal.

That girl on the right is Amanda Lindhout. She was a waitress who decided she wanted to be a war reporter in Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia; she was kidnapped by Muslim terrorists and tortured and raped repeatedly.

So you’ve got two innocent women who were brutalized by violence and would never hurt a fly.

And then you’ve got Omar Khadr standing behind them, with a huge grin on his face.

Omar Khadr is a confessed, convicted Al Qaida terrorist. He plead guilty to five charges of war crimes. He murdered Sgt. Christopher Speer, leaving Tabitha Speer a widow, and their two children, Taryn and Tanner, fatherless.

Omar Khadr has never renounced Al Qaida or said that he regrets what he did. 

Here’s how Maclean’s describes him, though:

"Omar Khadr was imprisoned in Guantanamo, captured in 2002 by American forces in Afghanistan and charged with war crimes.”

So, no mention of the murder he confessed to or his conviction for war crimes.

Would Maclean’s magazine put a smiling, chatty Paul Bernardo on their cover, and say, "he’s suffered so deeply in prison — all because he was charged with crimes."

Both are pathological murderers. Why the celebrity treatment?

This isn’t journalism.

This is propaganda.

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commented 2015-11-21 13:12:24 -0500
Can’t agree Jay — I had the same reaction to the cover independent of anything Ezra put up. Those women are innocent victims, Khadr has willingly and knowingly killed a human being no matter what spin you put on it. Regardless of which side of the “child soldier” aspect you choose to adopt, saying his experiences somehow equate to what those women went through is fallacious. If anything is grotesque it is the Maclean’s cover and the thought processes of the editorial brain trust behind it.
commented 2015-11-10 01:01:26 -0500
Ezra Levant knows better. He should be ashamed of himself for this post.
commented 2015-11-08 18:18:45 -0500
As always Ezra , Keep up the accurate reporting!
commented 2015-11-08 01:25:16 -0500
Still, Ezra Levant should be ashamed of himself for this post.
commented 2015-11-07 02:00:40 -0500
When I was 15, I was not a boy. So for those on here who say they were, as though that somehow magically validates the actions of a third party, I guess our diametrically opposed life experiences cancel each other out, don’t they? Each is as irrelevant to the central argument anyway, which is this hero of the left consciously chose to throw a grenade for the sole purpose of killing. He is no victim, unlike the two traumatised women who appear on the cover with him. Macleans continues to sink into irrelevancy and will do anything to garner attention.
commented 2015-11-06 23:09:21 -0500
Ezra Levant’s post is grotesque.
commented 2015-11-06 23:03:14 -0500
When I was 15 I was a boy.
commented 2015-11-06 23:02:34 -0500
I was still a young man when I was in the military Reserves. I never went overseas, but even in training and exercises in Canada I did some heavy thinking about when I might be willing to kill and when I might be willing to die. I was 18 to 22 years old.
Omar Khadr was 15.
commented 2015-11-06 20:55:10 -0500
I have conflicted opinions of Omar Khadr but he does not belong on the cover like that. A victim, he is not.
commented 2015-11-06 19:12:56 -0500
Terry , to foster some good will , i will change my comment to those who support this terrorist should be in the line of fire, if you do not then accept my apologies.
commented 2015-11-06 19:10:52 -0500
So Terry now that i showed you your exagerrated nonsense, please show me mine.
commented 2015-11-06 19:10:23 -0500
Terry you called him a 15 year old in combat. He was a terrorist who knew exactly what he was doing and he propped up invaders who subjugated Afghanistan and is a traitor who fought against Canada. Hew is as bad or worse than Bernardo.
commented 2015-11-06 19:08:07 -0500
Terry when did i talk exaggerated trash, you support this terrorist then you be in his line of fire.
commented 2015-11-06 16:14:35 -0500
Bert called, he wants his eyebrow back.
commented 2015-11-06 15:40:44 -0500
Exactly Liza, I’d hoped to illustrate that point, thank you. Progs will never understand this until they are thrown into the fray, and even then I wonder.
commented 2015-11-06 14:05:21 -0500
Omar Khadr has never shown authentic remorse nor voiced an authentic heartfelt apology for his crimes and those of his family. He has never renounced jihad, sharia or any of the evil violent teachings in the koran.
It does not make me proud to be a Canadian to see his smarmy face on the cover of a “respected” Canadian magazine. It is abhorrent.

Kelvin, what makes it worse with Omar is that his whole family proudly brought him up to hate, from day one. Its in his DNA. In the cases of the kids in the Congo, they were forced to commit acts unspeakable or die. Or be murdered the way their parents were murdered. They are dead inside because they hate what they are being forced to do.

Omar is quite proud of his terrorist heritage. It does indeed show, in his face.
commented 2015-11-06 11:21:22 -0500
I know that this isn’t scientific enough for you Kevin Cartier, but I have seen these child soldiers up close and personal when I was deployed in the Congo many years ago. Most of them just want to go home, the atrocities that they were part of against their will made them dead inside, it was something in their eyes. It still haunts me to this day. Omar however doesn’t display that same loss of “spark”, I noticed that in all the videos that I have seen of him, he seems a willing participant , his eyes aren’t dead, they almost look vengeful. But hey what do I know eh?
commented 2015-11-06 11:20:03 -0500
Kevin carter. You are one stupid piece of garbage. It’s funny how you think Osama was such a bad man. You listen to too much main stream media. If the U.S. Is so smart and have so much high teck equipment. Yet they can’t find a guy supposedly hanging out in a mansion watching prob. That the main stream media makes up. Hahha what an idiot you are. Oh and yet they dump his body in the ocean yet no DNA to say it was him is revealed. Once again what a stupid piece of garbage you are. Only a fool
Believes main stream media. Here’s another one for you Kevin carter. Remember Al Gore prediction All the ice caps were going to be melted by 2014. Go look up his prediction. Funny they never melted and they have actually grown. Haha. Also the one class al gore took for science he got a D in. Goes to show how stupid that piece of garbage is too. Climate change is a farse. Just like al gore. So can you explain al gores false lies to us.
commented 2015-11-06 09:42:20 -0500
Linda Cayer commented
“A convicted self confessed terrorist presented as the boy next door. What a joke. Anyone working for that rag should resign after that cover page but I quess that no one there has the of inegrity to do so. Who the hell reads that shit anyway.”

Liza Rosie commented
“ … What Mcleans has done, putting this scum terrorist, who doesn’t even belong in this country on their cover, will alienate many. I hope they crash and burn.”

The fact that the cover would offend many is the exact reason why Maclean’s used it as a cover. Many people have a morbid sense of curiosity and so would purchase the magazine to read that article if nothing else in the magazine (Maclean’s no doubt managed to increase their sales with that cover). It’s about profit and sales … money.

What I find distasteful is that many have sold their morality in exchange for material comfort in life. The last laugh will be on the ones that have done so for the day eventually does come and the fiddler will have to be paid for the tune they danced to.
commented 2015-11-06 08:44:23 -0500
The only thing “grotesque” is Ezra Levant. It boggles my mind how you could compare Omar Khadr to Paul Bernardo. Even monsters like Paul Bernardo deserve a fair trial and that is what he got…he will never see the light of day again, because he was convicted after receiving a fair trial. Omar Khadr is free because his conviction was appealed….it was appealed because there was evidence that his previous conviction was a farce. He was convicted based on the evidence that he was the only person alive in the building, so he must have thrown the grenade that killed Sgt. Speer….except he wasn’t the only person alive in the building. He confessed under duress after spending 10 years in prison without a trial and the only reason why he confessed was so that he could be sent back to Canada. Many many people throughout history have confessed to crimes they didn’t commit. Ezra says that he believes the two women have “suffered immensely, more than I can understand”, but not Khadr. So Ezra….you know what it’s like to be an 11 year old kid and taken to a war zone and introduced to a man named Osama Bin Laden and then to live in that area from the age of 11 until the age of 15 when he was captured, barely alive then taken to Guantanamo Bay Prison for the next ten years and “interrogated” until confessing to murder?? You understand what that’s like Ezra?
commented 2015-11-06 08:09:15 -0500
Drew, do me a favour. Talk stupid exaggerated trash all you want, but don’t attribute views to me that I don’t hold and never expressed, ok?
commented 2015-11-06 08:06:01 -0500
“Terry, you’re getting your ass kicked here! "
Uh…I guess it may look that way to the folks who didn’t read what I said. Sorry to see you’re among them.
commented 2015-11-06 01:30:53 -0500
Terry Ruden you love him so much, why should anyone else be in the line of fire?
commented 2015-11-06 01:03:36 -0500
I really wish Spear’s wife could speak out here about the free ride the murderer of her husband is getting from Canada. What Mcleans has done, putting this scum terrorist, who doesn’t even belong in this country on their cover, will alienate many. I hope they crash and burn.
I can’t believe those two women won’t eventually come to their senses, and speak out about being put on display with a convicted terrorist. That threesome makes no sense.
It is disheartening to know that Canada blatantly stands behind this ghoul, and pays to keep his radical family in this country.
commented 2015-11-05 23:51:34 -0500
where did this all go south….words fail me…poor Canada
commented 2015-11-05 23:49:02 -0500
Jay kelly quit defending Omar the piece of garbage Muslim. Omar Muslim garbage was convicted of a crime. The famous saying you are innocent until proven guilty well guess what jay Kelly you Muslim loving terrorist supporter. He was guilty. Maybe we should send you over there to war jay Kelly and let the Muslim men rape you and make you their bitch. Someone please shut this jay Kelly you piece of trash. I get sick of reading about terrorists Muslim loving supporters like jay Kelly. If you love them and support them so much jay go move there do the rest of us a favor and get lost we don’t need your kind here.
commented 2015-11-05 23:31:07 -0500
Ezra Levant should be ashamed of his grotesque post.
commented 2015-11-05 23:20:28 -0500
15 year old Omar Khadr was accused of throwing a grenade which killed Sergeant Speers.
Did he do it? His U.S. military defence attorney said no.
Was Sergeant Speers engaged in a act of war? Almost certainly. He was in uniform and his unit had killed everyone else in the compound.
War is hell. Sergeant Speers knew this but still risked his life in battle. Tye fact that he was killed by a fifteen year-old does not diminish the sacrifice Speers made.
commented 2015-11-05 22:07:16 -0500
Jay kelly shut your mouth. By you commenting on her abt a killer means you support terrorism and killers. Doesn’t matter what age a killer is a killer just like a serial raper is a serial raper. There is no difference. If you say he changes he is different sounds like you are stupid religious nut that believes of you get saved as a Christian you are born again and your old sins are forgiven sorry but in the real world not the fairy tale religious world that you live in you piece of garbage. If you have crimes of your past there still crimes. You stupid retarded piece of garbage jay jelly

At least we know jay jelly is a terrorist supporter and supports people that promote terrorism. Can someone please show jay Kelly’s comments to the rcmp and he or she can be put on Canada’s terrorism wanted list.

Jay jelly is a piece of garbage just like Omar
commented 2015-11-05 21:59:19 -0500
People. Why don’t we interview amanda lindhout and ask her if she was truly beside that piece of sh*t terrorist on the cover shoot. This lady was kidnapped by terrorists and held hostage and macleans has a cover page putting her beside a terrorist piece of sh*t. I don’t care what anybody says that piece of sh*t Omar is not a victim at 15 you know right and wrong you know what life and death is and sex and drugs and life. don’t give me this garbage abt him being a victim now canada is making him a hero. This piece of garbage needs to be taken out to the trash.