Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Coulter 11/26/08

What Do We Do With the Terrorists We Captured?

My take on Ann Coulter's latest. Her essay was published on her website.

Summary: A terrorist was released from GW Bush's prison at Guantanamo after receiving from the Americans an artificial leg. Upon release, he immediately went back to Pakistan and back to killing. The world press reported on his exceptional devotion in continuing the fight against America even though he had only one leg. No one reported where he got his prosthetic leg.

So has America been cruel to the prisoners at Guantanamo or has America been humane? Ann wants in on this guys HMO plan.


I thought the rest of the world was going to love us if we elected B. Hussein Obama! Somebody better tell the Indian Muslims.

My Views: America as torturer has been one of the most regretable developments of recent years. Even such a hawk as John McCain has been against the torture. There is another side, however, to the detainee story. These people are terrorists. When they are released, they kill people. They kill people no matter how kind the Americans have been.

I think that the torture stories have been exagerated. The European courts have released a large number of terrorist defendants. The problem of convictions is enormous. Society has to face up to the practical consequences of letting the terrorists go.

Anybody who is as hated as Ann Coulter is must be doing something right. She is very right-wing but every left-wing blogger would love to write like her. I hate rants; opinion pieces must argue from the facts. Pay attention to how she uses facts and draws politically incorrect connections among them. People would do well to think and not just be outraged.

Here's her Wiki bio. Her latest book is at the right.