In this image reviewed by the U.S. Military, an unidentified detainee is escorted by two military guards at Camp Delta, in this June 25, 2005 file photo, at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, in Cuba.
Patterico has part two of his series on Guantanamo Bay: Stashiu Arrives at GTMO and Describes the Terrorists).
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Iâ€™ll end this part of the interview with a question I consider critical. Does the enemy think they are going to win this war?
Stashiu gave me a detailed answer, but made it clear that it is his opinion â€” not a statement of the beliefs of the detainees with whom he has spoken. Still, since he has talked to the detainees for hours, it is probably worth paying attention to his opinion. Stashiuâ€™s view is this:
In my opinion, most of them are sincere in their belief they will win for the following reasons:
a. They are told they are assured of victory by their religion. They are raised with the belief that Islam is destined to become the dominant way of life for this planet. No matter how long it takes, it is inevitable. Once Islam is supreme, there will be no war, crime, poverty, or need. These are frequent talking points every Friday in the mosques.
b. Their leaders consistently stress that jihad is working and our culture is a hollow shell. They point to VietNam, Somalia, 9/11, Madrid (both the bombings and the elections immediately following), and the anti-war propagandists here in the United States. . . . The jihadists are constantly told that America is weak-willed and will turn and run if they can be inflicted with enough damage and peace can be delayed long enough.
c. They believe they are more committed to victory at any cost because it is all in Godâ€™s name and is the Will of God. They point to our efforts at minimizing both our own casualties and those of civilians. You never see them worry about collateral damage and destroying infrastructure. They see our compassion as weakness and our integrity as blindness to reality.
The reader wonders why the military is going to such grreat lengths to protect and coddle enemy/terrorist combatants at Guananamo Bay.
What would have been done during the old days of WWII and/or the Cold War?
Rendition, Torture, Interrogation and Termination?
Likely, in a number of cases. Secret rendition/imprisonment in others.
And what do these folks do to Americans when captured/kidnapped?
Torture, Interrogation and Termination (by cutting their heads off).
Why is the United States bothering at Gitmo?
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