Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Geeked Over Gitmo

Shut it down. Just shut it down.

That's New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman's solution in regards new details of prisoner abuse at Guantanamo Bay - shut it down.

I occasionally read Tom because he strikes me as being only semi-panicky as far as liberal columnists go, of most for whom Guantanamo Bay is the beginning and end of the War on Terror. But Tom is only just beyond the liberal herd, and, like said herd, he seems to believe winning the war isn't as important as making sure no one's nose anywhere is put out of joint by it:

If you want to appreciate how corrosive Guantanamo Bay has become...Hop over here to London or go online and just read the British press!

Soon as I get past the page 3 girls, Tom. Apparently it doesn't occur to Tom that England's papers are stiff with peevish, myopic, undernourished radical socialists who see a chance to score easy applause by smearing Americans. The Guardian, for all intents, is Pravda on the Thames. Marines turning on the lights and picking up the garbage in Fallujah has not and never will be reported by, say, foreign affairs columnist/weekend commie/liberal 'cool kid' 'Flittington Fiddlesticks' over at The Bolshie. People like 'Flittington' will write about Gitmo up until the moment Britain is finally declared a radical Islamic republic; then he can find out for himself what prison is really like.

As for Tom, he's surprisingly cavalier about what to do with the Gitmo prisoners - try some, convict a few, let the rest go home.

Sure, a few may come back to haunt us. But at last they won't be able to take advantage of Guantanamo as an engine of recruitment to enlist thousands more.

Yeah, let's let that Hitler guy out of Landsberg prison. I mean, come on, get a load of those lederhosen...and who's going to read 'Mein Kampf' anyway? It's not like he's going to come back and haunt us or something - hey, wait a minute, where'd all those panzers and Stukas come from? And why isn't Poland on the map anymore?

If there have been abuses at Gitmo - as in don't pull a Newsweek, Tom - then they should be investigated, and appropriate action taken. I make that a big "if" because liberals, despite their claims of support for the troops, are far too ready and willing to believe any and all accusations, no matter how spurious, made against them.