Here is part of the statement recently released by a number of the “poor mistreated” detainees at Gitmo:
“We are terrorists to the bone,” the Guantanamo detainees proclaimed. Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the mastermind of 9/11, and his four comrades consider the charges that they slaughtered nearly 3,000 Americans to be “badges of honor, which we carry with pride.” In a six-page document released by a military judge, the men swear that America will fall like “the towers on the blessed 9/11 day.”
Jonah Goldberg goes on in The Gitmo Five’s Burn Notice to make a very apt comparison of these vicious men to Heath Ledger’s Joker character in The Dark Knight.
Back to Dark Knight. In that movie, the Joker — brilliantly played by the late Heath Ledger — isn’t interested in mere criminality. In an ingenious scene, he pours gasoline on an enormous pile of cash and sets it ablaze. Why? Because he doesn’t need money. The things he needs — guns, dynamite, gunpowder — he can get cheaply enough. The Joker wants to send the message that he’s not just a criminal, that “everything burns.”
…Of course, we have bad men in prison who aren’t terrorists and who are just as evil, just as unredeemable, just as willing to take pride in the suffering and fear they dole out.
But for these men, it isn’t an ideology. It isn’t a war. It isn’t a sacred cause. The Guantanamo Five aren’t gangsters, and they aren’t criminals. Criminals usually kill people to get cash. Terrorists get money so they can kill people. Criminals do evil to get pleasure. Terrorists eschew worldly pleasure to do evil. Bank robbers may strap bombs to themselves, but they do it to terrorize tellers into handing over the money. Terrorists skip that part and go straight to blowing themselves up.
These are the people that the bleeding hearts want to put into our regular criminal justice system and give them all the protections of not just the Geneva Convention, but, ultimately, the rights and protections of the US Constitution they are hellbound to destroy. I seem to remember a rather liberal Supreme Court justice with enough sense to comment that “the Constitution is not a suicide pact.”
Too bad so many of his current disciples don’t seem to understand that!