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February 18, 2006
Torturing vile jihadists

Sometimes I wonder about things.

Like, I wondered why the USofA refused to give U.N. inspectors access to the prisoners at Guantanamo. If we were, as we claimed, treating them with all due respect and whatnot, and they were all dangerous criminals, what was our objection to letting the U.N. take a gander at them?

Well, of course, first off, we know that prisoners are being mistreated and even tortured, so that's good enough reason for the Bush Administration to want to hide them.

But that's not all. An article on the new construction offers another angle:

"I would have concerns about anybody visiting with the detainees who could then serve as a platform for them to espouse a vile jihadist rhetoric," said Mr. Hood. "In other words, I don't think it's appropriate that we would offer them a platform by which to communicate with other terrorists around the world, provide encouragement to this sort of activity, or for that matter encourage any sort of action against U.S. forces around the world. And there's no question in my mind that some of the men we're holding here would certainly do that if they could."

You know, if I was a U.N. inspector, I think I'd get just a little crabby about being called a terrorist sympathizer and someone too dimwitted to know when I was being used as a terrorist mouthpiece.

Plus which.

Vile jihadist rhetoric?

Stop for a moment and ponder the implications of dismissing the words of illegally held prisoners, many of whom were turned in merely to collect a generic bounty, and many of whom are known to be innocent of the vague "charges" against them as "vile jihadists."

If you dismiss your prisoners that callously and sweepingly, I guess it makes it a lot easier to ignore that they're human beings.

(You see what I mean? this kind of thing is what you should have been writing about for the last week. Not a hunting accident. Just admit it. The spin was all that any of you really cared about.)

Posted by AnneZook at 10:29 AM