95-year-old Canadian vet outraged at Khadr's payout

Like Omar Khadr, fellow Canadian Victor Scott knows what it’s like to go overseas as a young man to fight a war.


The difference is: Scott was on our side.

For those who fought in the Second World War as Scott did, the fact that Khadr killed an ally and was fighting against the side Canada was on, is not something to be ignored or rewarded.

“Age is no excuse,” said the Oakville man, who is just five years shy of the century mark in age.

As you can see in photographer Craig Robertson’s video and pictures, this great Canadian feels you are either with the good guys or the bad. The Charter rights, the perks, the medals, the accolades, the assistance, the benefits of victory all go to the people who fought together for their side.

Not to the enemy who was not only trying to kill fellow countrymen and allies.

Not to traitors – no matter their excuse.

Since the news broke that Khadr is receiving $10.5-million and an apology from the Canadian government because his rights were violated while in Guantanamo Bay, actual patriot and hero Scott was shocked. And still is.

And he’s still not buying the logic.

“I am a 95-year-old vet of (the Second World War) and I am ashamed at my government for their recent gift to a terrorist,” he said. “One question you may want to ask our government is if that soldier Khadr killed had been a Canadian, would they still be as generous?”

When guys like Scott came back from the Second World War, the only reward they got was a lift home. They were on their own – no lottery-style windfall or apology from government for putting them in harm’s way.

They wouldn’t have accepted it, even if there was.

Scott was a wireless air gunner on board a Halifax bomber for the Royal Air Force 624 Squadron that flew out of Blida, Algeria, in North Africa in 1943 until 1945.

“I completed two tours and 71 ops,” he said. “We were flying agents and were getting supplies to the resistance fighters in France and Italy.”

Khadr, he said, was working against our own as part of an Al-Qaeda movement, loyal to Osama bin Laden.

“I am mad at my government for throwing our money away,” he said.

Dumbfounded that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talks about Khadr as a 15-year-old child soldier victim, Scott says no matter how it’s spun, Khadr was trying to kill our side.

“I can not speak for other vets but this man was not fighting for Canada,” he said.

Yet, Khadr was compensated and respected as if he was.

Born in 1921 – when William Lyon Mackenzie King was prime minister – Scott has seen a few crazy things, but admits he never thought he would ever see this.

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