The Therapy Sessions
Saturday, July 30, 2005
Carter: Guantanamo Detentions Disgraceful:
Former President Carter said Saturday the detention of terror suspects at the Guantanamo Bay Naval base was an embarrassment and had given extremists an excuse to attack the United States...
..."I think what's going on in Guantanamo Bay and other places is a disgrace to the U.S.A.," he told a news conference at the Baptist World Alliance's centenary conference in Birmingham, England. "I wouldn't say it's the cause of terrorism, but it has given impetus and excuses to potential terrorists to lash out at our country and justify their despicable acts."
What a surprise.
After decades of consideration, the man who created Ayatollah Khomeini has pronounced his verdict on what causes terrorism.
When Carter was faced with the Iranian leader, Khomeini was confronting rebellious students who had seized territory belonging to the world's most powerful country.
The Ayatollah faced a dilemma:
Should he crush the students with his army, freeing the American hostages they'd taken?
Or should he face the wrath of a superpower that could have destroyed his armed forces from the air without breaking a sweat?
What did Carter do?
He sent Khomeini a letter - from "one man of God to another"- begging the Ayatollah to be merciful.
Khomeini said it best upon reading the letter: America isn't going to do a damn thing.
Well, with such expertise, Carter now feels that he should pontificate on what to do with the likes of Kahlid Mohammed - the planner of the WTC attacks.
There are really only three options:
1. Continue holding the prisoners at Guantanamo, trying the least dangerous ones in secretive military tribunals, freeing those who are found innocent.
2. Treat them as we treat American citizens, allowing them to defend themselves in American courtrooms. Of course, Al Qaeda would take great interest in knowing the exact name of the "trusted friend" in the Pakistani security forces who provided the information that led to Khalid Mohhamed's capture.
3. Free them all, so that they will be free to plan the next atrocity.
Well, what's it going to be, Jimmy?
Karl Rove (and no, he's going anywhere) is praying that the Democrats try to make an issue of this.
I'm serious: he is on his knees - hands folded - right now....