Along the Tracks

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

They just don’t quit

Many months after Camp X-Ray at Guantanamo Naval Station was shown to be Camp Med for al Qaeda operatives captured in Afghanistan, the New York Times is still trying to convince us the military is treating the prisoners like, well, like most of the Islamic world treats its own people.

The Times rounded up a batch of disgruntled former inmates to air their complaints, including cells too small, no non-Arabic speakers, and limited exercise opportunities. Oh, yes, and the “fear and uncertainty.”

Now they are starting to demand compensation - no, I’m not kidding.

I get a kick out of their claims that things are so bad, “some captives tried to kill themselves.” Wait a minute - isn’t that what they were trained by al Qaeda to do? Would they have not tried to kill themselves if, instead of caged up in Guantanamo, they were cruising around Riyadh or Ramallah or Rotterdam or Richmond? Of course, then they would have take five or a dozen or a hundred or a thousand infidels with them when they offed themselves. Imprisonment denied them that opportunity.

I have a feeling that’s their real complaint.

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