Via Instapundit: –Europe was not as outraged by Auschwitz as by Guantanamo Bay” –Some guy who survived the Holocaust
Harsh, bitter words. Certainly not diplomatic. But honest and surprisingly pro-victory. (Democrats: More of this please!)
US Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA) apparently said this or something to this effect to a group of Dutch politicians. The group favored pulling their troops out of Afghanistan because Guantanamo Bay symbolizes “everything that is wrong with this war on terror”.
I would put forward that a better symbol of everything that is wrong with this war on terror might be this: USS Cole plotter freed by Yemen
Jamal al-Badawi will be kept under effective house arrest after pledging allegiance to Yemen’s president.
Badawi was sentenced to death in 2004 for his role in the bombing, but escaped from jail early in 2006. He handed himself in two weeks ago.
Carry out that sentence by the end of 2005 and maybe this wouldn’t be just more proof that the law enforcement and justice system approach the Fourth World War is not the solution.
He escaped from jail after being sentenced to death. So the response is to place him under house arrest. Well, “effective” house arrest.
Tell us which house. Pay no attention to the droning in the sky tonight. Sentence fulfilled.
Again, this threat by the Dutch to pull their troops from Afghanistan is just another example of how NATO has let us down. This article in the Canadian media basically whines that the offers to the Dutch are “just enough to keep them in place”. Apparently, motivation to fight terrorists comes from how much you can get your back scratched. I would put forward that this, too, symbolizes “everything that is wrong with this war on terror”.
I’m sure that many will criticize the US legislator for making this statement (assuming he really did) to Dutch officials. And if the words hurt our ability to convince NATO members to deploy troops, I guess the criticism will be justified. But if we have to beg our friends to help us fight terrorism in the one place that everyone seems to agree is a battleground in the war against terrorism, I wonder how good those friends really are.
So does the Prime Minister of what has proven to be one of America’s closest friends. And, besides some members of the government claiming that alleged prisoner abuses at Guantanamo Bay trump all else, even the Dutch are not terribly pleased with other NATO members.
Meanwhile, let’s all sleep peaceably in our beds at night knowing that there are Yemeni police officers standing ready to keep convicted terrorist plotters under “effective house arrest”. Several of them, in fact. Working in shifts.