Guantanamo and London Dr. Michael Ford 8 July 2005 Much as I hate to admit it, for some months I have had something in common with hand wringing liberals. I have been upset over the conditions at Guantanamo. There the similarity ends. My complaint is that the terrorists kept there are coddled instead of being treated as the murdering, raping, terrorists that they are. They are so well fed there is a weight problem among the detainees. And, they are ultimately being turned loose to go back to the evil behaviors they were involved in before they were captured. Some months ago I wrote the name of a man named Mullah Shazada, also known as Mohammed Yusif Yaqeb in my notebook. Yaqeb was released in May 2003. He proceeded to become the head of Taliban operations in southern Afghanistan and was killed one year later in a fight with U.S. forces. Also a Maulavi Abdul Ghaffar, was released and returned to Afghanistan. As a regional commander, Ghaffar helped carry out attacks on U.S. troops in Afghanistan until he was killed by Afghan forces in September 2004. One of the more notable cases involved Mohammed Ismail, one of two teens let go in 2004. Recaptured four months later fighting American troops in Afghanistan he was carrying a letter confirming his status as a “Taliban member in good standing." One of the most publicized cases,. Ismail, was originally released to great fanfare. Ismail had a press conference at which he thanked the United States for educating him, teaching him to read and write at Guantanamo. They made him an educated terrorist. When the multiple bombing took place in London, I was up and writing at my computer. I knew about the unhappy event almost immediately, and stayed glued to the television, thinking of those British people I had come to know over the years, and praying for those caught in this awful event. In the course of watching the unfolding story I learned that four terrorists who were British citizens had been returned to England and released because there was no law to hold them. What if we learn even one of them had a hand in the bombings that just took place in London? Being too easy on terrorists embarrasses the Nation.
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