Loving Thy Enemy

by | Feb 14, 2002

From a FoxNews.com report: Shackled, blinded and bound, 30 Al Qaeda and Taliban detainees stepped off a U.S. Air Force C-141 cargo plane in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Wednesday after an all-night flight from Afghanistan, halfway around the world. Sixty gun-toting Marines met the group, bracketing each prisoner and gripping him by the shoulders as the […]

From a FoxNews.com report:

Shackled, blinded and bound, 30 Al Qaeda and Taliban detainees stepped off a U.S. Air Force C-141 cargo plane in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Wednesday after an all-night flight from Afghanistan, halfway around the world.

Sixty gun-toting Marines met the group, bracketing each prisoner and gripping him by the shoulders as the group was led to waiting school buses to be taken to the open-air cages where they would be held until a permanent facility is finished.

“These are not nice people,” said Marine Brig. Gen. Michael Lehnert at a news conference on the U.S. Navy base, America’s oldest overseas military facility. “Several have publicly stated here their intent to kill an American before they leave Guantanamo Bay. We will not give them that satisfaction.”

No surprises so far. But read on:

Nonetheless, murmurs that the United States was treating the detainees less than humanely continued to be heard, with a top United Nations official Wednesday joining Amnesty International in voicing concern. Lehnert said an International Red Cross team would inspect the camp Thursday.

We already know the moral status of the prisoners. But what is the moral status of the people who worry about their welfare? What motivates these sick and twisted worriers? Don’t rush to say that they’re motivated by concern for the principle of individual rights. They’re not. They know full well that these terrorists, the bloodiest ever to emerge, are out to destroy individual rights, along with all of civilization. This is why they hate Western freedoms, Western capitalism — even the sight of a woman whose face is exposed makes them murderous with rage. Terrorists know that freedom is good for human life, and this is precisely why they hate it.

It can’t be the principles of rule of law and freedom that motivate people like those in the U.N. who demand that these terrorists have clean toilets and more Korans telling them to kill. It would be too obvious a mistake, in this case. There’s only one explanation, to my knowledge, remaining: It’s hatred of all things Western, and a consequential concern for those who despise all things Western. In other words: the U.N. hates us too. They’re just more subtle — and hypocritical — about it.

When will most of us wake up to the fact that the U.N. (and groups like it) are not on our side? Everything they do supports the opposite of freedom, individual rights, and rational values. Never has this been clearer than now.

The very idea of U.N. people inspecting American facilities to make sure we treat these war criminals “humanely” is incomprehensible. Now, when freedom and civilization need advocates of individual rights more than ever, the U.N. places the personal comforts of terrorists on an even (or greater) level with the pursuit of justice and safety.

Up until now, perhaps you could leave room for the possibility that these obscene “liberals” are misguided or simply mistaken.

That room no longer exists.

Dr. Michael Hurd is a psychotherapist, columnist and author of "Bad Therapy, Good Therapy (And How to Tell the Difference)" and "Grow Up America!" Visit his website at: www.DrHurd.com.

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