When I was 11 years old my family moved to a country that had significant tensions between the various people groups living in the country. By the age of 15, the country was approaching a full-scale civil war.
On three occasions I had a rifle or shotgun placed into my hands and I was told to shoot back if anyone started shooting at us. This happened once when we were in imminent danger of attack, and twice when we were driving through particularly unstable areas.
Fortunately I was not involved in any direct conflict. But what if I had been? Should I have borne the responsibilities for my actions? Or should there be exceptions for children who get caught up in armed conflict? In 2002 the UN banned armed conflict for individuals under the age of 18.
So what should the U.S. and Canadian governments do in the case of Omar Khadr (pictured above left)?