Our neighbors to the north decided to pay homage to a self-professed murdering Al-Qaeda terrorist by slapping his picture on the front of Maclean's magazine – which is the Canadian equivalent to putting a smiling Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan on the cover of Newsweek.
Omar Khadr stands between two women; Rinelle Harper, an aboriginal woman who became the symbol for racist violence against aboriginal women; and Amanda Lindhout, a waitress turned journalist who was kidnapped by Muslim terrorists and tortured.
Talk about awkward – the rape and torture victim of a Muslim terrorist sitting next to an admitted Al Qaeda terrorist and murderer. Yet, there Omar Khadr stands on the cover page, nicely dressed and sporting a flashy grin he almost seems normal, some would say even handsome…if it weren’t for the “murdering terrorist” part, but you wouldn’t know that because Maclean's just “happened” to downplay that little part of his story.
In 2002, Khadr murdered Sgt. Christopher Speer, an American medic, by throwing a grenade at him, making Speer’s wife a widow and his two children fatherless. So why is he on the cover of this magazine? Well, according to Maclean's: “Omar Khadr was imprisoned in Guantanamo, captured in 2002 by American forces in Afghanistan and charged with war crimes.” He is described on the cover of the magazine as “a victim of searing personal tragedy."
If Khadr is a victim of personal tragedy, I wonder what tragic classification Maclean's would give to Sgt. Speer.
Ezra Levant, author of The Enemy Within: Terror, Lies and the Whitewashing of Omar Khadr, recently told Fox News:
“Omar Khadr is still an Al Qaeda asset,” Levant said. “I doubt he will commit any more murders, because he is much more valuable to them as a symbol — a symbol of Al Qaeda’s moral righteousness; a symbol that you can be a terrorist, be caught and convicted but still be back on the street in a few years. He is being ‘normalized.’”
The left-wing media bias here in the U.S. is bad enough with the garbage they churn out each day, but I would hope not even they would do something as low and distasteful like Maclean's magazine did by showcasing a murderer in a positive light; because if they did, it would show just how low their standards have become in journalism. Whatever standards they have left.