Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Recycling Terrorists: One Year Later, Freed Gitmo Guy Leads Taliban in Afghanistan

As every terrorist trainer knows, it's easier and more cost-effective to recycle a used terrorist than to recruit and train a brand new one.

But why does the U.S. have to help them out?

Case in point: A former Guantanamo Bay prisoner, Abdullah Gulam Rasoul, alias Abdullah Zakir, aka Mullah Abdul Qayam Zakir, a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner, now leads the reconstituted Taliban in Afghanistan, where American and British troops sacrificed their lives this week.

In 2007, Rasoul/Zakir was transferred from Guantanamo Bay to the custody of the Afghanistan government, which promptly released him in May of 2008. Now he is not only fighting American marines in Afghanistan, he is leading the fight against American marines there.

Remember when people voted for Barack Hussein Obama specifically because he championed releasing Gitmo detainees? Back in January of 2008, The Boston Globe reported that:

More than 80 volunteer lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainees today endorsed Illinois Senator Barack Obama's presidential bid.

The attorneys said in a joint statement that they believed Obama was the best choice to roll back the Bush-Cheney administration's detention policies in the war on terrorism and thereby to "restore the rule of law, demonstrate our commitment to human rights, and repair our reputation in the world community." [italics mine]

What is not mentioned in this quote is which law is restored by releasing confirmed terrorists. Would that be Shariah law?

Jules Crittenden at Pajama's Media reported another case of U.S. restoration of the rights of Abdallah Salih al-Ajmi, a Kuwaiti lad captured while "studying the Koran" in Afghanistan. Al-Ajmi was sent home from Guantanamo for trial, where he was acquitted. Later, he blew himself up in Mosul, "taking seven Iraqi soldiers with him."

And then there's Said Ali al-Shihri, who, after being released from Guantanamo detention center, became Al Qaeda's No. 2 man in the Arabian Peninsula. He is suspected of being behind the "gruesome murders and abductions" on June 12 of nine foreigners in Yemen: four German adults, three small children, a British man and a south Korean woman. This group included a doctor and his family, two nurses, and an engineer and his wife.

The Pentagon estimates that "as many as 60 former detainees have resurfaced on foreign battlefields."

I've asked it before, and I ask it again: Do the people who passionately want Guantanamo detainees released to the world equally desire to take moral responsibility for the lives lost as a result?

Hat tip: The Lambeth Walk


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