November 10, 2006, - 10:28 am
By Debbie Schlussel
My friend and mentor, syndicated columnist (the most syndicated newspaper columnist in North America) and FOX News contributor Cal Thomas, has a great column, this week, about his recent visit to Guantanamo Bay. There have been many pieces about Gitmo, but this one’s the best . . . by the man who is the best political columnist in America. It’s especially apropos, given that tomorrow (Saturday) is Veterans Day.
A couple of excerpts:
Guards are exposed to significant threats and long-term risks. Many of the detainees threaten to kill the guards and their families should they get out or be given the chance to communicate with their associates on the outside. Guards cover up their names, but Admiral Harris says the detainees have ways of learning them through our legal system. The detainees are not nice guys, and none has been converted to the American point of view by being treated humanely. Yet, Admiral Harris says, “Not a single case of torture or inhumane treatment has ever been substantiated. We are the most transparent detention facility in the world.”
One detainee has said he wants to write a book, How to Kill a Man in Three Seconds. Another, who has assaulted a Guantanamo guard on numerous occasions (with makeshift weapons, human waste, semen and vomit), stated that he can either go back home and kill as many Americans as possible, or he can leave here in a box; either way it’s the same to him. . . .
“At least 20, maybe as many as 40, who have been released have rejoined the battle,” says Admiral Harris, including one with a prosthetic leg paid for by American taxpayers.
Americans should be proud of those who serve their country by protecting us from these really bad men. They live up to their slogan, which is posted on a sign at the camp entrance: “Honor Bound to Defend Freedom.” They defend our freedom and their honor.
AMEN. Remember that, as we celebrate Veterans Day. And read the whole thing.
Flashback: “Chubby (Terrorist) Chaser Alert: Yo! Yo! Yo! There’re Fatties in Gitmo”
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