A reader of my recent post, “Terrorists With Geneva Convention Protection”, suggests that I believe the war on terrorism should be fought on an “eye for an eye” basis. The reader states that we are a civilized nation and should conduct ourselves as such. The reader also states that under no circumstances would we, as a civilized nation, allow or condone inhumane treatment of captured terrorists. He says that both John McCain, who “has a true pulse on the nation”, and General Colin Powell are aware of this fact and that we should not compromise our integrity and morals regardless of how callous and depraved the enemy acts.
If the reader will read my post again, he will find that I never suggested or even hinted that the U.S. fight the war on terror with an eye for an eye. What I did say was that to provide captured terrorists with the protections provided for under the Geneva Convention was ridiculous and dangerous. Senators McCain, Warner, Graham, the reader, and an unfortunate number of Americans must all believe that America tortures the Gitmo detainees. They must have forgotten all about the taxpayer-funded, culturally correct meals of 4,200 calories per day, library books translated into Arabic (including the Harry Potter series), extensive worship with painted arrows on the floors and walls pointing to Mecca, exercise facilities Bally’s would be proud of, daily recreation, and 24-hour dental and medical care. They don’t jokingly refer to it as “Club Gitmo” for no reason.
Aggressive interrogation, not torture as the reader seems to believe I advocate, however, does make terrorists talk. The war on terror is primarily based on intelligence. Aggressive interrogation is how the U.S. encouraged Khalid Sheik Mohammed to detail how he masterminded the al-Qaeda 9/11 attack. He then ratted out Hambali, the man behind the October 2002 Bali bombing that killed 202, and “dirty bomber” Jose Padilla. Both are now safely in custody.
Al Qaeda honcho Abu Zubaida stayed quiet until interrogators stuck him in a cold room and blasted the corrosive music of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Zubaida cried uncle and began to talk. He helped America find terrorist Ramzi bin-al-Shibh in Pakistan, Amar-al-Faruq in Indonesia, Rahim al-Nashiri in Kuwait, and Muhammad al Darbi in Yemen.
These interrogations help America connect the dots. Stopping them, as McCain and company would do, disconnects the dots. This likely will blow more Americans to smithereens.
If my reader wants to worry about torture, he should ponder the daily agony of the loved ones of the 1,151 people who were killed on September 11 and never even recovered from Ground Zero. Assuring that Islamic fanatics never again vaporize Americans is why we must squeeze captured terrorists until they sing.
The detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba are not prisoners or war, nor have they ever been. If anyone actually bothered to read the Geneva Convention, they would discover that these jihadists don’t come the least bit close to prisoner of war status. We owe them nothing. It is only through our generosity that we’re allowing them to live much less give them a military tribunal.
Throwing olive branches at Islamofascists is beyond futile. This is the War on Terror, not the Summer Olympics on Terror. If America won’t fight this like a war — and win — we might as well cut our losses, hand out the Korans, and start the mass conversions.