Abdullah Khadr, the eldest son of a reputed Canadian Al Qaeda financier, was arrested by the RCMP yesterday on terrorism-related charges at the request of American authorities.
The 25-year-old Canadian recently returned from Pakistan where he was held for 14 months without charge. He was arrested at a Scarborough McDonald's last evening and both he and his mother, Maha Elsamnah, were taken into custody.
Khadr's lawyer, Dennis Edney, said last night that the RCMP had a provisional arrest warrant from the U.S. where he is being charged with conspiracy to commit a murder against an American citizen. His mother was not charged, Edney said.
If you can't trust the word of a man who's sworn to tell the truth on a stack of Qu'rans to the Toronto Star, who can you trust?
"I just want everybody to know I have nothing to do with anything," the 24-year-old said.
He denies his family is or was ever involved with Al Qaeda. He admits he attended the notorious Khaldan training camp in Afghanistan, but it was when he was 13, and it didn't have ties to terrorism.
He dismisses the claim of Western intelligence agencies that he later led the camp in the Khost Mountains along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, and instructed terrorist recruits.
"Instructed? Instruction is you have to be very, very, very, very, very inside this stuff and we didn't have that reputation in Afghanistan," he said. "I wasn't interested in that stuff. I was more interested in cars."
Khadr said he has no plans to launch any lawsuits and hopes to slip quietly into a typical Canadian life.
"I have no problem with anybody, why should anybody have a problem with me?" he asked.
Who would fail to be impressed by young Mr. Khadr's magnanimity? In an age of collective irresponsibility, where someone must always be to blame for the slightest inconvenience and litigation the first resort of the aggrieved, he has forborne to seek redress in the courts after over a year in one of the roughest prison systems in the world.
We can be sure, then, that the CBC mistook him for an another Abdullah Khadr when it produced this alleged interview with him. It's a common enough name in those parts, like Smith and Jones over here:
"Dying for Islam is… hopeful for every Muslim," Abdullah says. "Everybody loves to die for his religion," he says. "Every Muslim dreams of being a shaheed for Islam… like you die for your religion. Everybody dreams of this, even a Christian would like to die for their religion."
And surely they too were also misled, if not outright deceived, by some nefarious force (CSIS/CIA/Haliburton/Mossad/Zionists/Karl Rove/Stephen Harper/Dick Cheney/Trilateral Commission/Other[specify]) to spread these defamatory reports on this ordinary Scarborough family.
Rest assured that once the U.S. authorities realize the gravity of their error, Mr. Khadr will be released, with profuse apologies, and will be back home to work on his cars, attend mosque, pay his taxes, make frequent but absolutely innocuous visits to strife-torn regions of Pakistan, and otherwise comport himself as an ordinary Canadian citizen.