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Pardon the lack of posts — the TV repair guy is here, but can’t seem to duplicate the picture loss.
But here’s a little something to tide you over for a bit.
Boris Kupershmidt sent me the following article by Bob Lonsberry. I don’t know who Bob is, and it isn’t posted at any known URL, so I’m just going to post it in its entirety. Enjoy, if that’s the right word.
A LESSON ON HOW TO TREAT WAR PRISONERS
Apparently, when the big Chinook kicked off, the SEAL fell out. A
32-year-old guy named Neil Roberts. A petty officer first class, one of
the toughest in the American armed forces, in the back of a big twin-rotor
helicopter that was taking fire.
And he went out the side. Nobody’s exactly sure how. But there’s a lot of
movement and a lot of wind and a lot of gravity. And when they got close
to base and did the head count they were one shy.
Which is a long way from Cuba.
Where a hundred and more captured Al Qaeda prisoners sit in cells waiting
for lunch. A good Muslim lunch designed to incorporate their traditional
foods and to be respectful of Islam’s dietary guidelines. Just like
breakfast and supper. They eat good there, and most of them have put on
And most of them have been through the camp infirmary, a fully functioning
Army field hospital where they receive the same medical care offered
members of the American military. In fact, in addition to treating any
injuries sustained in their capture, American specialists have also
treated orthopedic and cosmetic injuries sustained in battle months and
Al Qaeda detainees at Guantanamo Bay have received the best of American
medical and dental care–for free–being given procedures and treatment
simply unavailable in their native lands. And they’ve been given a Muslim
chaplain, flown in especially for them, and copies of the Koran, and a big
sign points the direction to pray toward Mecca and the five-times-a-day
Islamic call to prayer is played on the camp loudspeaker.
That’s what’s happening in Cuba.
And yet, activists and officials from around the world have publicly
condemned American treatment of the Al Qaeda men captured in combat.
Muslim governments, our European allies, American leftist groups and
Amnesty International-types have all bitterly accused the United States of
being inhumane. Some have claimed there should be a United Nations
condemnation, many have called for international inspectors to go in.
The call has been loud, almost deafening, as the world has condemned and
cursed the way Al Qaeda fighters have been treated in captivity by
That’s in Cuba.
Which is a long way from Afghanistan.
Where one of those Prowler unmanned surveillance planes saw Petty Officer
Roberts come out of the helicopter, and lie there injured but alive and
conscious. The bigwigs saw this, live, back at headquarters. And they also
saw the three Al Qaeda guys come out of the bush and grab him. He was
their prisoner. Captured in battle. And they grabbed him and dragged him
and took him away. And then, it seems, they beat him, cut his throat.
And executed him.
They shot him too. A wounded man. A detainee. No medical care, no food, no
holy book, no chaplain. Just a bullet.
Which has produced silence on the part of the world’s activists.
Not one word.
Apparently it’s OK to shoot a wounded prisoner, but if you take him to a
hospital and treat his injuries and feed him, you’ve gone too far.
Apparently killing an American detainee is acceptable, while coddling an
Al Qaeda detainee is not. The same people who have seen a war crime in the
treatment of terrorists are unperturbed by the slaughter of a prisoner of
We treat them with caring and compassion, and we get cursed. They treat us
with barbarism and butchery, and they get blessed.
And that’s not right.
Critics of the American detention of Al Qaeda terrorists in Cuba aren’t
concerned about those terrorists, and they don’t give two hoots about
human rights. What they want to do is attack America, any way they can.
The great many people who hate the American people and culture have
rallied to the defense of the Cuba detainees.
And had nary a word of criticism for the pigs who executed Neil Roberts in
This war is about good versus evil — no matter what you hear. The forces
of light are tackling the forces of darkness. Civilization is taming
And Neil Roberts gave his life in that cause.
And, fortunately for them, the Al Qaeda detainees in Cuba were captured by
men instead of beasts.
(c) by Bob Lonsberry 2002