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Thursday, June 16, 2005

Gitmo a Gulag? Not By A Mile

Jonah Goldberg captured the essence of what the Guantanamo Bay prison is about in these 2 paragraphs:

[Mamdouh Mahmud] Salim, a reputed top lieutenant of Osama Bin Laden, was being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, a high security federal jail in lower Manhattan. Pepe was a guard there. On November 1, 2000, Salim plunged a sharpened comb into Pepe's left eye and three inches into his brain. Salim and a compatriot also beat Pepe savagely, in their effort to get the guard's keys and orchestrate an escape for himself and two fellow terrorists awaiting trial. Believing Pepe was dead, the attackers used his own blood to paint a Christian cross on his torso. Pepe was an experienced correctional officer, a member of the elite MCC Enforcers Disturbance Control, and he weighed in at 300 pounds. He survived the attack with brain damage, crippling disabilities and an unending stream of surgeries.

The reason Pepe and Salim are relevant should be obvious. There are good guys and bad guys in this story, and as much as it pains some to hear it, we are the good guys. We are not talking about confused teenagers caught up in events larger than themselves. We aren't talking about mistaken identities. We're talking about the cream of our enemy's crop in the war on terror.

Non-uniformed combatants and spies were summarily executed by the original GW, General George Washington, during the Revolution. The Brits did the same to ours that they caught. Both excepted some wealthy men who were known and were shipped home never to return or were bartered for other captured prisoners. In those times, Washington also captured soldiers and returned them to England. They as well never returned to combat. (Kinda like the freed PLO prisoners Israel releases every 5-10 years-RIGHT!).

The failure of the Left to recognize the danger posed by these prisoners and the correlative inability to recognize the difference between a prison and a gulag makes their message lose all credibility. The realists have to carry the burden of protecting all, including the delusional.


At 3:13 PM, Blogger Evo Riguzzi said...

The worst thing a professional soldier can do is underestimate the enemy. Al Qaeda is a highly respectable organization for the purpose they intend - mayhem. Civilian, liberals or conservatives may well underestimate - it may not cost them anything, especially something as precious as life itself. Senators and Congressmen can underestimate as well. But when these elected representatives espouse a prisoner’s rights as greater than those who protect us from the terrorists, they demonstrate a blatant misunderstanding of the Geneva Conventions and, in the case of Senator Durbin, he espouses sedition.

This is a war. No one should ever forget that. This war has combatants not covered by Geneva. Our government has rightly identified them as such. Does the Durbin espousal reflect what caused this prisoner to defecate in his cell? In case you may not know it, these people, who may not be sane as we understand sane (after all they are willing to kill themselves) may have defecated in his cell as an act of defiance. Yes, prisoners do many things to create problems for the guards to include the expulsion of bodily fluids from all exit points. Ask any guard in any maximum prison facility.

Durbin should be removed from Senate at the next election and censured for the remainder of his term.

If his fellow Democrats believed in values, truly believed in them and truly support our troops, they would call for Durbin's censure and admonish Durbin publicly. And the Republicans should ask the Attorney General for a determination if Durbin has committed a seditious act.

Evo Riguzzi

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