Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Gitmo Recidivists

Who could possibly have foreseen this? Enemy combatants captured on the battlefield and then released while the war is still in progress return to combat. I don't recall hearing any demands for Nazi troops held during World War 2 to be released and allowed to return home by the media or politicians while the war was in progress but times sure do change.

According to the paper, at least 30 former Guantanamo Bay detainees have been killed or recaptured after taking up arms against allied forces following their release. A Defense Department spokesman told the newspaper that most of the catch-and-release beneficiaries have been discovered in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

That's 30 either killed or re-captured- how many others are still engaged in jihad against Allied troops or the civilian population? How many people have died or been wounded as a result of their release? Despite this- and other evidence of Gitmo detainees returning to jihad- elected US politicians still continue for Gitmo to be closed and for the detainees to be given the legal rights of civilian criminals.

The Age notes a recent analysis of 516 Guantanamo detainees by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, which found that “while there was no evidence linking six of them to terrorist activities, 95 per cent were a potential threat to US interests. This was based on their affiliations with groups such as al-Qaeda, their enthusiasm for violent jihad, their having undertaken small-arms training or having been willing to perform a support role for terrorism.”

Sure sound like a bunch of guys who need to be let go, doesn't it?

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