I say “why the heck not”?
After all it has not helped matters much.
According to Commander Jeffrey Gordon, while in custody, detainees falsely claimed to be farmers, truck drivers, cooks, small-arms merchants, low-level combatants or had offered other false explanations for being in Afghanistan.
He added “We are aware of dozens of cases where they have returned to militant activities, participated in anti-US propaganda or engaged in other activities“.
So why hold prisoners in Guantanamo Bay?
Detaining prisoners of war only helps to become fodder for the left. Last year, much of the presidential race centered around hypothetical abuses of the rights of enemy combatants. Liberals tried to use these prisoners of war as tools which they used to paint Republicans as insensitive goons with.
So politics being the game that it is, forced the release of many of these Guantanamo Bay enemy combatants.
In some cases their arrests only helped to further the careers of these combatants.
Former inmates Abu al-Hareth Muhammad al-Oufi and Abu Sufyan al-Azdi al-Shahri, known previously to us as prisoners number 333 and 372, respectively, recently surfaced in a new Al-Qaeda video. You know the jihadist version of the Girls Gone Wild videos we see so much of.
In that video, former U.S. prisoner number 372, Abu Sufyan al-Azdi al-Shahri said “By Allah, imprisonment only increased our persistence in our principles for which we went out, did jihad for, and were imprisoned for”.
In that same video it also became clear that al-Shihri was promoted for the time he sacrificed at Guantanamo. Now he is a senior member of Al-Quaeda’s leadership.
Doesn’t that make you feel good? It is nice to know that there exists a new government program to help disadvantaged terrorists further their career goals.
While we are closing down prisoner of war facilities and making it clear that we want to be friends with everyone, the Islamic extremists are continuing to arm themselves and plan strikes against us.
And while they are doing that, what are we doing?
We are making it easier for them to do it.
According to the Defense department 61 of 520 former Guantanamo detainees have returned to the field of battle.
What I want to know is how will we be better off when we discover that any one of those 61 former detainees were responsible for a suicide bomb that went off in Isreal and killed school children, or blew a hole in the side of an American passenger cruise ship, airliner or the Empire State Building?
This sense of renewed optimism that many perceive under the new administration is a wonderful thing but is there really anything to be optimistic about when we are extending a hand of friendship in the spirit of unity while at the same time we are getting slapped in the face in the war on terror.
A large group of Taliban soldiers are moving down a road when they hear a voice call from behind a sand-dune.
“One Texas soldier is better than ten Taliban“.
The Taliban commander quickly send 10 of his best soldiers over the dune whereupon a gun-battle breaks out an continues for a few minutes, then silence.
The voice then calls out “One Texan is better than one hundred Taliban”.
Furious, the Taliban commander sends his next best 100 troops over the dune and instantly a huge gunfight commences. After 10 minutes of battle, again silence.
The Texan voice calls out again “One Texan is better than one thousand Taliban”.
The enraged Taliban commander musters one thousand fighters and sends them across the dune. Cannon, rocket and machine gun fire ring out as a huge battle is fought. Then silence. Eventually one wounded Taliban fighter crawls back over the dune and with his dying words tells his commander,
“Don’t send any more men, it’s a trap. There’s actually TWO of them.”
Submitted by Kevin, Dallas, Tx.