- The Washington Times - Monday, November 9, 2015

A Canadian magazine has sparked outrage after featuring convicted terrorist and former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr on the front cover of Thursday’s issue.

Toronto-born Khadr, 28, is described as a victim of “searing personal tragedy” on the front cover of Maclean’s, a weekly Canadian news magazine with a purported readership of nearly 2.5 million, Fox News reported.

At age 15, Khadr was convicted of throwing a grenade that killed U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer in Afghanistan during a 2002 firefight. He spent a decade in the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay and was returned to Canada in 2012. In a documentary “Out of the Shadows,” Khadr admitted to the crime, the Daily Mail reported.

In Maclean’s cover shot, Khadr stands behind two women: Rinelle Harper, a sexual assault victim who was left for dead, and Amanda Lindhout, the author of the Maclean’s article who was kidnapped by Islamic insurgents in Southern Somalia and released 15 months later.

Ms. Lindhout, who has since released the New York Times bestselling memoir “A House in the Sky,” wrote about how she “somehow, impossibly, unexpectedly and delightfully,” became friends with Khadr after the two had began treatment with the same psychologist, Katherine Porterfield.

“As I’ve watched Omar test the new waters of his life, I’ve felt inspired by his outlook. ‘I can’t change the past … I can only work on the future,’ he said following his release, and I have seen him live this,” Ms. Lindhout wrote. “He lives with a wide-eyed wonder of the world around him, not unlike the way I felt when the chains were finally cut off my ankles and I returned home to re-experience a world I had lost for so long. We have spent time walking together in the Rocky Mountains, both of us in awe of the beauty around us, feeling a sense of profound gratitude that stems from our losses.”

The article outraged some readers who took to social media to announce they would be canceling their subscription to Maclean’s.

“It’s a disgrace that he is on the cover of a mainstream news magazine, being portrayed as a victim, and in the company of two real victims, including a victim of Islamic terrorism,” Ezra Levant, author of “The Enemy Within: Terror, Lies and the Whitewashing of Omar Khadr,” told Fox News.

Khadr’s transformation from a racist, sexist, Jew-hating terrorist, into a celebrity and folk hero is the result of nearly 10 years of combined propaganda by leftist journalists and lawyers — with Khadr as the willing participant,” Mr. Levant said. “They have managed to transform a pathological murderer into a ‘victim,’ providing Al Qaeda with a great PR victory.”

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