In this photo of a sketch by courtroom artist Janet Hamlin and reviewed by a U.S. Department of Defense official, Canadian detainee Omar Khadr attends jury selection at his war crimes trial Tuesday, August 10, 2010.
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The blood pressure among the bleeding hearts was red-lining with the news that Public Safety Minister Vic Toews will have nothing to do with the return of Omar Khadr until U.S. authorities turn over his psychiatric reports - the unredacted ones, as well as all videotaped interviews, unedited.
We suggest some chilling out.
What Toews is doing is called due diligence, and the last thing Canada needs is a terrorist rock star returning to our country to preach radical Islam jihad, or to lead the aimless into becoming home-grown haters of the West.
The fact that Omar Khadr is Canadian-born absolves him of nothing, and certainly does not provide him with any welcome wagon.
Despite what the bleeding hearts want to believe, Khadr willingly pleaded guilty to charges which undeniably make him a convicted war criminal and murderer, all of which gave him certain celebrity status while he was being held at Gitmo.
There was no coercion for this confession.
Khadr was proud of his terrorist status, and proud to admit it to a radical Muslim world.
Even at the age of 15, he was a bred-in-the-bone al-Qaida terrorist, born into a terrorist family, a follower of a terrorist father killed by Pakistani forces, an accomplished bomb maker, and an armed combatant serving the ideologies of Osama bin Laden.
He was never the kid next door.
Despite Canada areeing to his repatriation in 2010, Toews has fervently resisted issuing Khadr a quick ticket home, rightfully insisting that public safety overrides the demands for a speedy return by Khadr's myopic and patently naive sympathizers.
Show me the psychiatric documents, says Toews. Unseal the video tapes, and unredact the interviews of Dr. Michael Welner and Dr. Alan Hopewell, two psychiatrists who interviewed Khadr at great length.
We suspect we know why the U.S. is reluctant to comply with Toews' demand.
Dr. Welner, for one, believes Omar Khadr is now more dangerous than ever, his loyalty to the jihad never more profound, and his time to motivate the terrorists of tomorrow never more optimum.
There is no upside to Khadr's quick return. We must know what we're getting, and know for certain.
The downside potential is just too mammoth.