About Those Poor Innocents at Gitmo

 

Just who was it that was recently saying that Guantanamo Bay prisoners were no more dangerous in his district that at Gitmo?  And who said that there’s “no reason not to put ‘em in prisons in the United States and handle them the way they would handle any other prisoners”? Oh yes, that would be John Murtha, Rep from PA.

I wonder how Rep. Murtha and his constituents, as well as the rest of the good citizens of Pennsylvania would like having these guys in the neighborhood:

“The five detainees at Guantánamo Bay charged with planning the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks have filed a document with the military commission at the United States naval base there expressing pride at their accomplishment and accepting full responsibility for the killing of nearly 3,000 people.”

The New York Times report goes on to say that the detainees consider the accusations against them as an honor.

In their filing, the men describe the planning of the Sept. 11 attacks and the killing of Americans as a model of Islamic action, and say the American government’s accusations cause them no shame, according to the excerpts read by the government official.

“To us,” the official continued reading, “they are not accusations. To us they are a badge of honor, which we carry with honor.”

It appears that the men wrote the document at meetings they are permitted to conduct periodically at the detention camp without lawyers.

These men are proud to have planned the attacks on our soil which killed 3,000 Americans. They make me sick, and I hope they rot right where they are.

If Murtha has his way, I won’t be visiting Pennsylvania for a looooong time.

Stoutcat

3 Responses to About Those Poor Innocents at Gitmo

  1. Bob Riley says:

    I agree with you that those folks are dangerous and live in another mental world from most of us. However, IMHO, nothing warrants inhumane treatment of another human being. It damages each of us. IMHO, we are not here (or qualified) to make “ad hominem” judgements against one another, although we certainly must use laws to protect ourselves from one another when some can be very dangerous. The admonition to “love one’s enemies” is not a cruel joke – it is a guide to a higher level of sanity and of peace, I believe.

    • Stoutcat says:

      Bob, if you check around, you will see that the “detainees” at Gitmo are treated far more humanely than those in many prisons, both in the US and especially in other countries. See this, this, and this for more info. Given that many of these men desire the destruction of our country and are, in fact, proud of the job they did in planning the attacks of 9/11/01, I’d tend to be far less merciful if it were up to me. But it’s not, and since we live by rule of law, I think Gitmo is a dandy place for them–heaven knows Pennsylvania doesn’t deserve them!

      Yes, you are right, the stricture to love one’s enemies is a guide to a higher level, but even Jesus ran out of patience and drove the moneylenders out of the temple.

  2. Bob Riley says:

    I am not at all sure that Jesus ran out of patience. That episode never states in any of the Gospels that he was angry. Yet he knew that they were causing harm by excluding people from the Temple. I think he consciously used shocking, provocative language to shake them up and encourage them to “look again” at their lives and how they were acting.
    Re: the prisoners. I don’t think they should be treated with less (or more) human respect than any other prisoners. They are indeed dangerous in their blissful ignorance of the value of human life – however, they are not to be hated but to be humanized with ideas and examples of kindness as much as possible.

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