Monday, June 13, 2005

If Not Gitmo Then Where?

I've grown a bit weary of the talk about shutting down the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where we are holding numerous al Qaida combatants. The papers and the TV media have been talking about it, and have most unfortunately cast the closing of Gitmo as the right thing to do.

But as I discussed here, when I originally noted that Joe Biden (D-DE) was a completely useless member of the Senate when he first suggested closing Guantanamo Bay, what problems will moving the prison solve? If we move them to any other military bases, the names of those places will also become just as infamous in the eyes of the media as Gitmo. The problem is not Guantanamo Bay. Gitmo is a "problem" because the prisoners don't want to be prisoners. And for reasons known only to them, the MSM, and leftist organizations like Amnesty International regard these people as political prisoners who deserve posh accommodations and an ecclesiastical prison experience.

If Sen. John McCain and Adm. James Stockdale could have spent their Vietnam POW time with the kind of accommodations that are available at Gitmo, I presume that they would have leapt at the chance. Those men were entitled to every protection under the Geneva Convention but didn't get anything resembling it. Conversely, these terrorists are not protected under the Geneva Convention, and are entitled to whatever the heck the U.S. wants to do to them. But it seems that they are getting the Marriott treatment. Perhaps a few months experiencing the kind of treatment that was regularly provided at the Hanoi Hilton would teach these terrorists just what "torture" really is.

Because I think that the North Vietnamese would have treated the Koran just a little differently than our soldiers do.

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