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Maclean's magazine says it has seen a tape transcript of the psychological evaluations conducted by two doctors prior to Khadr's trial - part of tapes Public Safety Minister Vic Toews will use to decide whether to allow the 25-year-old Khadr to return to Canada from the American military prison in Guantanamo, Cuba.
Of his father, Ahmed Khadr - who took his sons to join al-Qaida and live in Osama bin Laden's Afghan compound - the younger Khadr is reported to have said, "I think he was just a normal dad ... He was just trying to raise his children the right way."
When asked what he missed about life in Canada, Khadr is reported to have said he missed being trusted.
"Nobody trusts me and they don't trust me because of something I didn't do or I was made to do," he reportedly said. "I was never given a chance."
In conversation with Sun News Network's Ezra Levant, one of the psychologists who conducted the interview said the image of Omar Khadr as an innocent child soldier was misguided.
"He voluntarily learned the trappings of violence," Dr Michael Welner said. "Violence in his approach was glorified, not something he was horrified by. So he didn't need to be desensitized as child soldiers are, through drugs and coercion. He wasn't kidnapped from his parents, who were murdered in order to facilitate that. No. In his approach, not only his Islamic affiliation, he was seeking martyrdom."
Public Safety would not confirm the voracity of the quotes. Earlier this week, Toews denied a report that Khadr would return to Canada by November. Toews said it could take another nine months to review the tapes and Khadr's file.