Silence on Butchery, Whining at Guantanamo
This morning reports are that the two missing U.S. soldiers who were kidnapped in Iraq were found dead, and "butchered" before their deaths. Army Pfc. Thomas Tucker and Pfc. Kristian Menchaca are good men, and now their families are heartbroken over their loss and the unimaginable torture they experienced before their deaths.
Fox News' E.D. Hill offered an even more graphic description this morning which I have not yet been able to find anywhere posted on the web, but if her account is even close to accurate, it involved the most unimaginable and barbaric acts possible. These men's bodies were destroyed prior to their deaths to the point that they could not be identified.
But what does the anti-war crowd have to offer? Guantanamo Bay. As President Bush sits in Vienna, he is pressured by hand-wringing Europeans to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The concern of these Europeans is over not the conditions at the prison, where numerous terrorists captured in the War on Terror are being held, but over the flap that is being made by anti-war groups like Amnesty International and the terrorists themselves who are "unhappy" with the fact that they are being detained, as evidenced by a coordinated suicide two weeks ago by three of them.
And prominent anti-war voices like Jack Murtha, who never met a U.S. soldier in the line of fire whom he wouldn't second-guess, are strangely silent at the news that their own soldiers were kidnapped, torn to pieces and only then murdered by al Qaida in Iraq terrorists.
Where is their outrage?
It's been established unapologetically that Gitmo is not Club Med. It is not a fun place, and the military is making every legitimate effort to extract information from these terrorists about al Qaida. But neither is it a place where terrorists are tortured. They receive three very good meals each day, and have access to genuine spiritual advice. These people, not being members of the military of any established nation-state, but rather illegal, non-national combatants who tend to operate in clandestine fashion, are not entitled to even the most basic courtesies under the Geneva Convention. But they are not short of leftist western advocates from the self-loathing and freedom-embarrassed camp in Europe and the United States.
But the fact that the same voices who scream outrage any time a terrorist's infinitesimal sensibilities with regard to a guard's handling of the Koran are insulted (despite the fact that it's ok when it's the terrorists desecrating the Koran in their cells) offer not a peep of objection when two soldiers are kidnapped, disarmed and put through unimaginable torture before being murdered by anti-civilization terrorists, speaks much of how filthy their characters have become. Because if they are to have any authority on the humanitarian treatment of people, they need to decry torture and pursue to the punishment of ALL torturers, not just those with whom they politically sympathize.
And I would be delighted if these two men suffered only what the terrorists suffer at our hands.
Would that these two young men were treated like the terrorists at Gitmo. Would that they were treated like the al Qaida in Iraq brigands at Abu Ghraib. Would that they were just given three hots, a cot and all the religious catering they could want. Would that they only were threatened by angry dogs. Would that they only were made to stand for hours and made to think that they were going to be electrocuted. Would that they were only stripped naked and forced into some ridiculous cheerleader pyramid.
But they weren't. Their bodies were ripped to shreds while they still lived. They were humiliated in ways that no human being (save for the kind who would do such a thing) deserves. They were our boys.
The silence of Rep. Murtha and Amnesty, in the face of the torture and desecration of those who provide them the freedom to be the fools they are reflects the emptiness of their position and their lack of morality and reveals the fact that their prior cries of outrage were rooted in nothing more than politics rather than honest advocacy.