POW's - Us vs. Them
by Boge Quinn
Following is the text of an email sent to me by a good friend in New York, and my reply to him. I thought some of you might be interested in reading it.
Apparently when the helicopter he was being transported in began taking fire and had to make a radical tactical maneuver to avoid being shot down, 32 year old Navy Seal, Petty Officer First Class Neil Roberts fell out. Nobody is exactly sure how. When something like that happens there is a lot of movement, a lot of wind, and a hell of a lot of gravity. When they got closer to the base and did a head count they were one member shy.
That incident happened in Afghanistan, a long way from the island of Cuba. On the island of Cuba a couple of hundred captured Al Qaeda prisoners sit in cells waiting for their lunch. A good Muslim lunch designed to incorporate their traditional foods and to be respectful of Islam's dietary guidelines. Just like their breakfasts and their suppers. They eat really good there in Cuba. Most of them have put on some much needed weight. The weight they lost while fighting against the soldiers who liberated Afghanistan. Most of them have been through the camp infirmary. It is a fully functioning Army field medical hospital where they receive the exact same medical care offered members of the American military. More treatment, in fact, because in addition to treating any injuries sustained during their capture, American specialists have also treated orthopedic and cosmetic injuries sustained in battle many months - and even years ago. All of the 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. Also, they have been provided a Muslim chaplain flown in especially for them, they have been given copies of the Koran, and there is a big sign at the camp that points them in the direction to pray toward Mecca. The five-times-a-day Islamic call to prayer is played on the camp loudspeaker. That is what is happening in Cuba right now. 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 have all bitterly accused the United States of being "inhumane." Some of them 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 the Al Qaeda fighters have been treated in captivity by Americans. That is in Cuba. Which is a long way from Afghanistan.
In Afghanistan one of those "Prowler" unmanned surveillance planes saw Petty Officer Roberts as he fell from the helicopter and then lie there on the ground, injured from his fall, alive and conscious. The Colonels and the Generals all saw this as it played out on their TV monitors back at headquarters. They also saw the three Al Qaeda terrorist soldiers come out of the bush and grab him. He was now their prisoner. He was Captured in battle. They grabbed him, and then they dragged him away. Then they beat him severely, unmercifully. And then they murdered him. They shot him to death. A wounded man. A detainee. No medical care, no food, no holy book, no chaplain. Just a bullet. This incident has produced nothing but SILENCE on the part of all the world's activists. Not a single word. Where are they all at? Who speaks up for this atrocity? Apparently it is okay to shoot a wounded prisoner, but, if you take him to a hospital, treat his injuries, feed him, and provide him health and comfort over and above anything he has ever known in his pathetic life, then, you have gone too far! You have gone over the line! Apparently the act of killing an American detainee is acceptable while coddling an Al Qaeda detainee is not. The exact same people who have seen some kind of war crime committed with regard to our treatment of the POW terrorists in Cuba are totally unperturbed by the slaughter of an American prisoner of war in Afghanistan!
We treat them with care and compassion and we get cursed. They treat us with barbarism, butchery, even murder, and they get blessed. Critics of the American detention of Al Qaeda terrorists in Cuba are not even concerned about those terrorists. They also don't give a damn about human rights. The only thing they want to do is to attack America in any way they can. The great many people who hate the American people and our culture have rallied to the defense of the detainees in Cuba. And not a word of criticism for the bastards who executed Neil Roberts in cold blood in Afghanistan. This war is all about good versus evil, no matter what else you may hear. The forces of light are tackling the forces of darkness. Civilization is at war with savagery. Our Navy Seal gave his life for that cause. Fortunately for them the Al Qaeda detainees in Cuba were captured by civilized men - as opposed to the evil murdering beasts who captured Neil Roberts.
It is indeed us against them, and "them" also includes the Palestinians who are murdering Israelis at an ever-increasing rate. Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been telling everyone who will listen since 9-11 that we are experiencing what Israel has been forced to live with for fifty years, while not being allowed to defend itself by the "International Community", but offered a deal brokered by Yasser Arafat and Bill Clinton in which Israel would have to give up nearly half of its land and leave a mere strip of itself between the new Palestinian state (which is pledged in its charter to the total destruction of Israel) on the west bank and Syria (similarly an avowed enemy of Israel and a terrorist state in its own right) on the Eastern border.
Netanyahu has also been predicting the current events in Israel ever since 9-11, stating (correctly, as I believe) that the Palestinian terrorists are in league with such groups as Al Qaeda and other Muslim regimes and states, and dedicated not only to the destruction of Israel but the United States as well. Netanyahu maintains that all these actions are coordinated, and that terrorism here will accelerate as the war in Israel heats up.
While President Bush is stopping short of actively supporting Israeli military action (at least for now), he is not condemning it either, which is better than any President in recent memory (including the great Ronaldus Magnus). I believe it is important that the U.S. recognizes that all these events are indeed related, that the Palestinians are cut from the same cloth as Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups and states that we seek to quash, and that the Israelis have the same right to self-defense of their nation against terror that our President has demanded for the U.S. Even though it probably means that terrorism in the U.S. will increase in the short term, I support the Israelis in vigorous action against terrorism, and I believe it will make the entire world safer in the long term.
Watch and pray,
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