August 5, 2005

Pass 'em on to somebody else...

Boston Globe -- The administration is negotiating the transfer of almost 70 percent of the detainees at the US detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to three countries, officials said. The move is part of a plan, they said, to share the burden of keeping suspected terrorists behind bars...

The ironies here are so many, I don't know where to begin. The America-haters, like Carter and the phony "human rights organizations," have been bashing Guantanamo as a political tactic against the administration. Now the result may be for their precious innocents to be sent to medieval dungeons in Afghanistan or Yemen! [And I use the term "America-hater" advisedly. If the detainees are sent to somewhere else, Jimmy Carter will instantly cease to care whether they live or die...unless it might be useful politically.]

Another irony is that the Geneva Conventions were designed to protect civilians. Not POW's. POW Status and its protections are rewards for following the rules of war. Rules such as requiring uniforms. Why uniforms? To make it easier to just attack soldiers, and leave civilians unharmed. The rules also forbid placing troops or weapons in mosques, schools, hospitals, and any civilian areas.

What does that mean? It means that almost all the people we've captured in Afghanistan and Iraq are WAR CRIMINALS. They are illegal combatants, and could, quite properly, have been executed on the spot. We are too humane for that, and also hope to gain intelligence from them, so we put them in comfortable quarters in Gitmo, and handle their Korans with gloves on...

And the people who are attacking this detention are aiding and encouraging war crimes! If there are any "Amnesty International" types reading this, that means YOU.

And many of YOU are not just winking at war crimes, you are actively encouraging them. I'm referring to the lefty press and politicians, who eagerly headline any stories, true or false, about Americans attacking schools or mosques, without mentioning that the enemy is doing everything possible to provoke these attacks, in complete confidence that their allies in the West do their propaganda work.

That, in my mind, makes many of our leftish politicians and news-media types war criminals themselves. The terrorists in Iraq not only slaughter civilians, including deliberately murdering children, they time their attacks to fit the American news cycle. Knowing that their allies in the Old Media will seize upon the crimes to imply that America is at fault, and America is failing.

If you encourage murder, then you are a murderer. If you encourage terrorism, then you are a terrorist. As far as I'm concerned, most of the people of NYT/WaPo/LAT/CBS/NBC/CNN/ABC, and mot of the "progressives," and Democrat "activists," are just as much murderers as if they had personally driven a car bomb into a crowd.

Posted by John Weidner at August 5, 2005 11:35 AM
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