Friday, June 10, 2005

Close Guantanamo?

Former President Jimmy Carter calls for the U.S. to close the prison facility at Guantanamo. What would we do with the detainees?
They could be sent back home, they could be put on trial, they could be given -- all of them -- a guaranteed right, first of all, that they will not be held incommunicado ... that they have a right to counsel ... .
Apparently, Carter considers the Guantanamo detainees equivalent to common street criminals caught in the U.S. instead of terrorists captured on the battlefields in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

If the U.S. follows the advice of Carter and other Democrats, what will Carter say when, as will inevitably happen, former Guantanamo detainees kill American soldiers and civilians? (This has already happened after the releases of some Guantanamo detainees.) Will Carter visit the mothers of the dead to explain how much the release of her child's killer improved the U.S.'s international image?

Do Carter and like-minded Democrats care more for the detainees at Guantanamo than they do for the lives of Americans? Do Democrats understand the war on terror and the threat to America? Do Democrats like Carter expect American voters to believe that Democrats will vigorously defend Americans from terrorism when the rest of the world is willing to risk American lives?

(Hat tip to Hoystory)

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