Do you approve of the recent cover of Maclean’s Magazine?
Maclean’s has sparked controversy by putting a photo of former child soldier Omar Khadr on last week’s edition, where he shared the spotlight with Rinelle Harper (First Nations woman who was assaulted and left to die in Winnipeg) and Amanda Lindhout (a Canadian who went to Somalia to travel and write about her experiences, was unexpectedly kidnapped, assaulted, and eventually freed).
The Toronto-born Khadr spent a decade in Guantanamo Bay starting when he was 15. He returned to Canada in 2012, and was released not too long ago after winning his freedom. He lives with his lawyer Dennis Edney in Alberta, and was recently granted permission to visit his grandparents in Ontario.
Khadr was convicted of tossing a grenade during a 2002 firefight in Afghanistan that killed U.S. Army Sgt. Christopher Speer.
Khadr was shot during the assault (resulting in the loss of sight in one eye) but was kept alive by army medics.
The 28-year-old has been a divisive topic for Canadians for years. Some feel that he was a child solider, brainwashed by the radical elements of his family from a young age. Khadr had even been a guest in Osama Bin Laden’s home at one point in his life.
Others feel that Khadr was complicit in Speer’s death.
To some, he is a murderer who is taking advantage of Canadian hospitality and may still harbour hatred toward Western civilization. To others, he’s a man who never had a chance at life thanks to his upbringing, has paid the price for his actions, and earned the right to second chance at life.
AM640 morning man John Oakley thinks this Maclean’s cover is yet another example of Canadian media’s left-leaning liberal bias. What do you think? Do you think Omar Khadr should have been featured on the cover?
Conservative commentator tweeted his thoughts about the cover: