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The Enemy Within: Terror, Lies, and the Whitewashing of Omar Khadr Hardcover – January 9, 2012

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"...puts everything on the line the way the best Canadian journalists always did."
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"Ezra Levant is the epitome of the crusading journalist - fearless, persistent, inventive, brimming with energy."
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"Ezra Levant is the No.1 advocate for, and defender of, freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of thought in modern Canada."
—Rex Murphy, Globe and Mail

About the Author

EZRA LEVANT is a lawyer, journalist, political activist, and host of a talk show on SUN TV. He is the author of five books, including most recently Ethical Oil and Shakedown: How Our Government Is Undermining Democracy in the Name of Human Rights, which won the Writers' Trust and Samara's Best Canadian Political Book of the Last 25 Years.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart (January 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771046006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771046001
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,505,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ezra provides an argument as to the nature of the self-admitted terrorist Omar Khadr and for the likely outcomes of Omar being repatriated from the Guantanamo Bay prison to the Canadian justice system in the near future. Ezra has provided copious references notes supporting his thesis that occupy almost 20% of the book, yet instead of being a stuffy academic treatise the book retains Ezra's talent for mocking an opposing point of view in an entertaining way.

Without doubt, you are going to feel strongly about this book, as it brings up issues that divides the western world into different camps on philosophy and politics. Issues such as personal responsibility, what constitutes treason, what the social contract is for citizenship, hypocrisy in justice and politics, propaganda, torture, international law, and media bias. It also should raise questions in the reader as to their own beliefs, biases and prejudices, whichever side you are on.

For those who haven't been intently following the Omar Khadr case in Canada, the book lays out who Omar Khadr is, his formative influences, his family, and even hints at what his current mental disposition and ideology is (as well as could be gleaned from psychological and behavioural reports can). Much of the most damning evidence is taken from his guilty plea confession, one that some readers may be inclined to dismiss if their personal philosophy is that all such confessions are invalid due to the claim of duress under the circumstances. Ezra is hoping to convince you that Omar's behaviour is wilfully treasonous and will continue to be treasonous and thus a danger to Canada and her citizens.
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I'm writing this review since Omar Khadr was released from his Canadian prison in May 2015. I then decided to read this book, plus Michelle Shephard's "Guantanamo Child", as well as watch various TV documentaries including "Omar Khadr" Out of the Shadows", plus read several articles on the internet. e.g. from his Canadian tutors like Arlette Zinck from King's College in Alberta.

I actually didn't know these books had been written; I would have liked to have read them earlier, as I always felt there was a serious lack of solid information about him prior to this.

As much as I tried to stay open minded when reading Levant's book, I was aghast with every page I read. I've never heard so much hatred, fear mongering in my life. He endlessly conjectures and speculates things about Khadr that are the opposite of what people closer to him have to say, and what events since his release from Canadian prison have shown. e.g. he says that Khadr was more interested in being distracted with reading comic books, than doing serious academic studies.

Yet his 15 Canadian tutors rate him as a top student, capable of writing insightful book reviews, highly skilled in mathematics, etc. “If he were a university student of mine, he would be in the top 5 percent,” said David Goa, director of the University of Alberta’s Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life.

Levant insists Khadr was faking his shoulder wound at Gitmo, yet his English tutor Arlette Zinck from King's College supports his still suffering from internal shrapnel wounds when she met him face to face.

Levant blames everyone for Khadr getting out of Gitmo - he blames Obama, the Canadian media, his "groupies".
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Ezra Levant's purplish flourishes throughout this book make it a fun read for those, like myself, who sympathize with his point of view. For a lot of other readers, however, it could get in the way of its substance. Even so, it is a devastating portrait not just of a cold-blooded, hardened terrorist but equally, of the willful blindness of the horde of "progressive" liberals who dominate the pages of the mainstream media and university faculty lounges on both sides of the 49th parallel. Their relentless campaign to foist upon Canada one of al-Quaeda's bloodthirstiest operatives, now at the point of success, says far more about their character than they would like.
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