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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Thoughts on Camp X-ray

Keeping focused even through difficulty...

So, all over the news recently there has been a raging debate about whether or not the terrorists we have housed at gitmo should even be there, what kinds of abuses they may have suffered, have we done everything we can to respect their religious and human rights, how the rest of the world thinks we should or should not be running things, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. I am so sick and tired of hearing about how we should be worried about whether or not the *terrorists* that we have captured are comfy and happy!!! As always, Varifrank puts together a very insightful essay about why having gitmo is a good thing:

Imagine if [Mohammed] Atta had been stopped.
Imagine if Atta were
in here living safely behind bars, with a government provided Koran and three
squares a day. he would be angry that he was caught, but he would thank his
lucky stars that he was incarcerated by the United States, rather than Pakistan,
Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Russia or even Israel. Imagine how you would feel if you
knew what Atta was going to do and you had managed to stop him. Imagine standing
outside his cell, knowing that he had a plan to take commercial aircraft and
crash them into buildings, only he had been stopped at immigration and
information from other sources confirmed that he was part of the Bin Laden

September 11th clarified that WHOLE debate for me. There are people in the world who don't care that we just want to live with them in peace and allow them to worship whatever god** they so desire. They want to kill us in some holy war that will simply guarantee them paradise after their martyred death. Nothing I can offer them is worth more to them that their chance to attain paradise (and however many virgins that comes with). Again Varifrank says it better:

You'll notice that the respect we paid to him [Mohammed Atta] and his
minions during his stay in our country had no effect whatsoever in his desire to
kill us. While he was planning to kill thousands of people in downtown
Manhattan, Mohammed Atta was protected by the full faith and credit of the
Constitution of the great satan.

I listen to all of this posturing by our politicians and media, Amnesty International about how we have damaged our credibility as a nation by keeping these "enemy combatants" in camp X-ray (or according to Amnesty the "gulag" of our times -- yeah, right). And all I can think is who cares?? Don't you get it? This *isn't* a world popularity contest damnit!! 3000 people were murdered on 9-11! Our past policies of ignoring the terrorists or just leaving them alone did not protect our country. Been there, done that, didn't work. Time to play hard ball with these guys.

I mean, I get it! Islamic terrorists want to kill me and my family to appease some bloodthirsty god** they worship and I don't really give a crap whether or not they are happy about not being able to continue on their ruinous mission because they are housed in Guantanamo Bay. It is necessary to remember the lessons of September 11th.

We were careless once, and thousands of people died. Let us not make the same mistake again.

Go read the whole thing.

**The "god" of Islamic terrorists does not get a capital G from me. So I'm petty. So what.

Update: But this is an idea....... Heh.