Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Feeling the Pain of the Gitmo Prisoners

I really don't know why I have to bother with this post. But because--once again--the terror-loving crybabies on the left feel the pain of terrorists imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and are troubled by their suicides, it is important to understand what prison is supposed to be all about.

The people at Guantanamo Bay are there for a few major reasons. They are in a place where they cannot be sprung by their buddies as would be the case were they penned up in Afghanistan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, or any other place where a Wahabist might be able to reach. The prison is safe from attacks. The prisoners, are people who, like hungry jackals in their cages, are eager to resume their life of terrorizing western civilians and effecting 9/11 style attacks. They belong in a place from which escape is more or less impossible. And they are in that place in order to provide information about known terror operations and methods.

But the whiny voices of the far left are once again feeling sorry for people who want to slit their throats. A few lawyers playing psychiatrists claim that there is a "stench of despair" and "hopelessness" pervading Gitmo. I have no doubt of that. But let's take a step back and in true Kindergarten style, we will repeat this truth until we actually believe it: "These are prisoners who want to kill us. Prison isn't supposed to be happy." Repeat as often as necessary until it makes sense to you.

Prisons are bad, bad places. They are places of despair. It's why I was pleased with the life sentence for Moussaoui. His prison experience would be bleak. But setting aside for just a moment the conditions reported at Gitmo and the really undeservedly kind and deferential treatment that these prisoners receive there, it is not the purpose of a prison to be uplifting or to restore energy to the miscreant's soul. In fact, it's quite the opposite. Prisons are supposed to be places that detain dangerous individuals, and give them time to consider the wages of their criminal behavior. And there is nothing pleasant about such a humility lesson for the arrogant terrorists who live there. But a delegation of U.S Congressmen visited and found it to be a decent place. And most recently, a group of Afghans, whose nationals are also held there, likewise found the place to be a humane. The reason? Because the conditions are so much better at Gitmo than the conditions these terrorists would face were they repatriated.

These terror prisoners tend not to like repatriation. And while some Saudis have kicked up quite a bit of dust about the suicides of these prisoners, the prisoners know better than to wish for a return to their homeland. Because dictatorships like the Saudis, Yemen, Egypt, Syria, and others really hate terrorists. Not for the same reasons we do, of course, but because terrorists hate them as much as they hate the U.S. , and they forbear against nations like Iran, Saudi Arabia and others because those nations finance them just enough to make it not worth their while to topple those states--just yet. But they are a destabilizing force, and no dictator likes to have his people organized against him. So the treatment these people can expect is real torture. No, not readings of Harry Potter, sleep deprivation, loud music, uncomfortable positions, being forced to lay in their own excrement, etc., although I'm certain that those modalities are not excluded from the average dictatorial regime's torture handbook. I'm talking killing someone slowly. Destroying them little by little in a physical sense by means that I don't even want to consider. That's what "home" means for these people.

But what I found interesting is that one of these suicides was by a man who may have been on his way back home to Saudi Arabia. And as I said above, home is not all that happy a place when you are a terrorist. Torture is almost a certainty.

So I don't buy this bunk about the fact that Guantanamo Bay is not a "happy prison". I'll concede that it's not. It need not strive to be that either. And the idea that these people are hopeless and despairing really strikes no chord of sadness for me. They are killers. They want to harm people who want nothing from them. And the fact that they have been stripped of their freedom and are sad about it was a choice they had before they joined al Qaida.


Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home