10 July 2005

Last Word on Guantanamo

Just got back from Fort Knox after 4 weeks at the Leader's Training Course for ROTC. Sorry to my one or two readers who had to live without me for that duration.

Before, there were some questions about Gitmo. Now there aren't.

Some of you may have forgotten, but Amnesty International and some other folks were saying that detention camp in Cuba was akin to a Soviet Gulag. Some US Senators even said it was comparable to a concentration camp. They seemed upset not that we were detaining terrorists unfairly, but that we were detaining terrorists, at all, in the first place. They called for its closing and a bunch of other nonsense, all based on the ungrounded claims of a radical leftist organization that apparently seeks "amnesty" for terrorists.

Now the chief of the Senate Intelligence Committee has gone to Cuba himself, and seen the horrible living conditions. Ann Coulter wrote about this in one of her recent columns. A memorable quote is in my AIM profile right now:

It's not torture if:
- The same acts performed on a live stage have been favorably reviewed by Frank Rich of The New York Times;
- Andrew Sullivan has ever solicited it from total strangers on the Internet;
- You can pay someone in New York to do it to you;
- Karen Finley ever got a federal grant to do it;
- It's comparable to the treatment U.S. troops received in basic training;
- It's no worse than the way airlines treat little girls in pigtails flying to see Grandma.

... [a little later in the column] So they're not exactly raping the detainees with dogs at Guantanamo.

I'm not sure why congress wants to waste money moving the prisoners to another prison when they are living better than they ever have before as it is. Does anyone in the world have any further objections?

1 comment:

Brian said...

After having spoken with a guard from Gitmo, some of the actual conditions in the prison come to light. For instance, the prisoners often throw fecal matter at the guards. That, to me, should be cause for such prisoners to be considered "less-than-human" and therefore do not deserve the same rights as myself. Of course I only base this on the fact that I am more civilized because I do not launch fecal matter at my captors. Another fine example of those poor helpless terrorists detained in Gitmo is how, whenever possible, they will refer to the September 11th attacks as something wonderful. Also they will often mention how many American servicemen they have killed.

Now, to be fair, it's hard to hold others accountable for their unfair treatment of prisoners if we are doing the same. Unfortunately we will always have to be the example, and often we will have to swallow our pride and do the right thing. As much as I hate terrorists and wish them dead, after a thorough torturing and beheading (befitting those who have done the same to innocent civilians), we must treat them fairly and equally. As much as I hate it, it is the right thing to do.

Michelle Malkin