There is a precedent for such courtroom accountability: Mrs. Speer and Morris successfully sued the estate of Khadr's jihadi father and al-Qaida financier Ahmed Said Khadr. The terrorist patriarch died in a gun battle near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in 2003, so a jury's $100 million civil award to Khadr's victims has never been collected.
But it did send a message. When necessary, American civilians will do the job their leaders won't do: pursue jihadist murderers whenever and wherever they can, and keep the legacies of our heroes in uniform alive. The new suit comes as coddled leftwing cause celebre Omar Khadr, now 27, prepares to sue the Canadian government for $20 million in civil rights damages.
The conservative Canadian government lent its public support to the Speer family and to Morris on the eve of Memorial Day weekend. "Our government supports the efforts of Tabitha Speer and fellow soldiers to receive compensation for their horrible loss." Good for them.
How about America's leaders? AWOL. The reason Khadr is in Canada, in case you didn't know, is that Obama freed Khadr from Gitmo after intense lobbying from the "compassionate" social justice crowd. He was repatriated to Canada just weeks before America's November 2012 election. Leading the pressure campaign on Obama: the Center for Constitutional Rights, which also crusaded for the release of former Gitmo jihadist Abu Sufian bin Qumu, a primary suspect in the Benghazi consulate attacks.
Canadian conservative writer and activist Ezra Levant, who has advocated tirelessly for the Speers and for other victims of jihad, noted recently that the liberal Canadian press has mentioned the Speer children a scant six times as Khadr milks leftist sympathies.
But what does it say when the Canadian government shows more compassion for the fatherless children of a U.S. soldier than their own government? A search for the Speer children on the White House website yielded: "No results."