Some lies really are damned hard to kill. In a Reuters story which, incidentally, reports John Baird acknowledging that Omar Khadr is back in Canada sooner than expected because of American pressure, there is this:
Khadr, who pleaded guilty in 2010 to murdering a U.S. army medic with a grenade in a Afghan firefight in 2002...
One more time and probably not for the last time: SFC Christopher Speer was a special forces soldier. He was trained as a paramedic in addition to his combat training and by several accounts I've read, he took his medical training quite seriously. But on the day in which he suffered the wounds which led to his death, he was in the field as a combat soldier on a reconnaissance patrol. He was not — I repeat NOT — wearing any insignia which would identify him as being entitled to any special protection under the laws of war.
In the context of describing the events of July 27, 2002 it's simply misleading to describe Speer only as "a U.S. army medic." But doing so has been encouraged by Khadr's critics because it makes Speer a more sympathetic character and thus demonizes Khadr even further: What a horrible terrorist! He killed a guy who was out there trying to save lives!
Bollocks! For all we know, if Speer had seen Khadr first that day, it might be Khadr who had died. Would Speer have been charged if that had happened?