- Squeamishness is neither law nor morality. And moral exhibitionism is beneath contempt, when it sacrifices the safety of those who live within the law for the sake of self-satisfied preening, whether in editorial offices or in the White House.
Brilliant once again. Thomas Sowell succinctly defines, in his latest article “Survival Optional,” why a terrorist or even an enemy soldier should not be released – because the war is not over.
- Even under the Geneva Convention, enemy soldiers have no right to be turned loose before the war is over. Terrorists– “militants” or “insurgents” for those of you who are squeamish– have declared open-ended war against America. It is open-ended in time and open-ended in methods, including beheadings of innocent civilians.
Why have we endangered ourselves, weakened our security? Why are we “…depriving the people of the protection of their laws, in order to pander to mushy notions among the elite.” Because it makes us the “nicer guys?”
It seems we have forgotten how to define real concepts, understand the law, and identify real threats to our safety and our society. Laws have a purpose.
- (The) law is… a set of explicit rules by which human beings structure their lives and their relationships with one another.
By circumventing our Constitution and creating non-existent rights in our Constitution, we have undermined our nation. The War on Terror and treatment of “enemy combatants” (aka: terrorists) does not define who we are, but rather what we are throwing away – or letting others throw away. This country is a gift, and freedom must be defended. This is only one front on which our Constitution is being assaulted.
- We have already turned loose dozens of captured terrorists, who have resumed their terrorism. Why? Because they have been given “rights” that exist neither in our laws nor under international law.
These are not criminals in our society, entitled to the protection of the Constitution of the United States. They are not prisoners of war entitled to the protection of the Geneva Convention.
There was a time when people who violated the rules of war were not entitled to turn around and claim the protection of those rules. German soldiers who put on U.S. military uniforms, in order to infiltrate American lines during the Battle of the Bulge, were simply lined up against a wall and shot.