Guantanamo's Child: The Untold Story of Omar Khadr MOBI

Guantanamo's Child: The Untold Story of Omar Khadr MOBI OK I know its got great reviews this book but I just don t know where I stand with it That s to say I don t know how I feel about it It was nothing like I expected I suppose I really didn t expect such a long in depth look into his fathers life and the rest of his family Logically this was needed to show the upbringing that led Omar into the situation he was in I think the problem I have is that its such a thorough look into the life of his father yet not so much of Omar himself All I read OK I know its got great reviews this book but I just don t know where I stand with it That s to say I don t know how I feel about it It was nothing like I expected I suppose I really didn t expect such a long in depth look into his fathers life and the rest of his family Logically this was needed to show the upbringing that led Omar into the situation he was in I think the problem I have is that its such a thorough look into the life of his father yet not so much of Omar himself All I read was how lovely Omar was, the peacekeeper, the good boy etc I really liked him as a child However he seemed to leap from this good boy into what A good boy in a horrible situation Was he really making bombs Surely he knew these would kill people If so then he wasn t really such a good boy after all I went from liking his sister to hating her the mother the same Perhaps I wanted somethingclear cut You know, either hes good or hes bad Truth be told his brother the black sheep stood up against his fathers beliefs so perhaps He was the good boy after allI am glad I read it and yes I do believe he should be freed However once he is, what will he do next If he really was guilty and has fundamental ideas then do we have to be worried about him On the other hand if he wasn t guilty could his torture long imprisonment have changed him enough to make him into someone we should fear I would love to think he would be freed and make the most of his freedom life With his father out of the picture he has that chance Yet I dread to think what ideas his mother would put in his head..Guilty or not, he was a boy in a war situation He deserves his freedom I thought this was a very good book I found the beginning a bit slow, albeit necessary background information on Omar s life I would definitely like a part two to this book story. I won t hide the complete disdain I feel for the family They were extremely vocal and insistent on their rights with absolutely no consideration for their own responsibilities as a member of society or how their actions impacted and impeded the rights and lives of others They were selfish, inconsiderate and played fast and loose with the rules and truth But that doesn t excuse the horrendous, inhumane treatment of a child by at least 3 governments This book made me understand why there was s I won t hide the complete disdain I feel for the family They were extremely vocal and insistent on their rights with absolutely no consideration for their own responsibilities as a member of society or how their actions impacted and impeded the rights and lives of others They were selfish, inconsiderate and played fast and loose with the rules and truth But that doesn t excuse the horrendous, inhumane treatment of a child by at least 3 governments This book made me understand why there was so much hatred and anger towards Omar, but those feelings are misdirected He was a child who got caught up in the horrible choices made by his family, and was politicized by governments trying to justify their actions and policies I think this was an honest and fair presentation of all sides of the story I didn t realize that it was an older book and ended before the end Would love to read an updated version or a second book that continues where this one left off Canadian journalist Michelle Shephard s book is as much an indictment of the Bush Administration s sins regarding the ttreatment of enemy detainees as it is a story of a young Canadian detainee held for years in America s gulag Refreshingly, the author does not picture this young terrorist as a victim and she accurately describes his terrorist family background But despite the boy s evident guilt, the reader cannot come away from this read without feeling some shame for the atrocious inhuman w Canadian journalist Michelle Shephard s book is as much an indictment of the Bush Administration s sins regarding the ttreatment of enemy detainees as it is a story of a young Canadian detainee held for years in America s gulag Refreshingly, the author does not picture this young terrorist as a victim and she accurately describes his terrorist family background But despite the boy s evident guilt, the reader cannot come away from this read without feeling some shame for the atrocious inhuman way we treat our enemy detainees it was okay wayabout khadr s family than him himself and his experience at guantanamo thought it could have used a lotfrom his perspective and not from those around him e.g., family, lawyers, the author though i have to remember that the book was written 10 years ago and so muchhas developed since would like to read an autobiography by him perhaps someday The author presents a relatively unbiased account of Khadr s story, including a fair amount of detail about his upbringing and family life especially before his arrest and subsequent detention I found the book interesting given current events the recent monetary settlement by the Canadian government.That being said, I wouldn t necessarily recommend this book in a vacuum I think there are better books describing Guantanamo Bay prisoners and the legal quagmire that surrounds the prison. Should be required reading for anyone who feels inclined to comment on Omar Khadr and his harrowing life story Incredible reporting from Michelle Shepard. Written before he was released so it could do with an update but an excellent overview of the case. Wow, What a good book For those who think they know the Khadar family, this is the book to read While most Canadians met the Khadar family via the CBC documentary and through local newscast I met Omar s family at a dinner in Toronto two or three years ago This book, while it is about Omar Khadr and the charges of murdering a US Soldier in Afghanistan in 2002 it it mucha tale of the Khadr family,It is also a tale about justice and injustice practiced by both the American and Canadian g Wow, What a good book For those who think they know the Khadar family, this is the book to read While most Canadians met the Khadar family via the CBC documentary and through local newscast I met Omar s family at a dinner in Toronto two or three years ago This book, while it is about Omar Khadr and the charges of murdering a US Soldier in Afghanistan in 2002 it it mucha tale of the Khadr family,It is also a tale about justice and injustice practiced by both the American and Canadian governments s respetctively I fofound the story david vs goliath story compelling and wondered aloud why the US government felt so compelled to torture let along prosecute a 15 year old boy And why did it take 8 years for his case to come to trial The answers were surprising I started the book in may of 2010, 3 months before Omar s August 2010 ended in a plea bargin Reading the book helped me understand the nature and emotion of the trial The real question is After 8 years imprisonment and potentially unlimited captivity , is A kangroo court is better than no court at all I would recomment this book to others who wish to know the real story Much like the 2 million cup of coffee suit against mc donald s there is so muchthat the public needs to know before they can make an informed decision A prize winning journalist tells the troubling story of Canadian Omar Khadr, who has spent a quarter of his life growing up in Guantanamo BayKhadr was captured in Afghanistan in Julyat the age ofAccused by the Pentagon of throwing a grenade that killed US soldier Sgt First Class Christopher Speer, Khadr faces charges of conspiracy and murder His case is set to be the first war crimes trial since World War IIIn Guantanamo s Child, veteran reporter Michelle Shephard traces Khadr s roots in Canada, Pakistan and Afghanistan, growing up surrounded by al Qaeda s elite She examines how his despised family, dubbed Canada s First Family of Terrorism, has overshadowed his trial and left him alone behind bars for than five years Khadr s story goes to the heart of what s wrong with the US administration s post policies and why Canada is guilty by association His story explains how the lack of due process can create victims and lead to retribution, and instead of justice, fuel terrorismMichelle Shephard is a national security reporter for the Toronto Star and the recipient of Canada s top two journalism awards You will be shocked, saddened and in the end angry at the story this page turner of a book exposes I read it straight through and Omar Khadr s plight is one you cannot forget Michael Ratner, New York, President of the Center for Constitutional Rights Michelle Shephard s richly reported, well written account of Omar Khadr s trajectory from the battlefields of Afghanistan to the cells of Guantanamo is a microcosm of the larger war on terror in which the teenaged Khadr either played the role of a jihadist murderer or tragic pawn or, perhaps, both roles Peter Bergen, author of Holy war, Inc and The Osama bin Laden I know

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