It hasn’t escaped my notice that the new and, dare I say, naive President of the United States really wants to close the prisoner of war camp that is called “Gitmo”. The Guantanamo centre for captured islamist combatants and terrorists of the same ilk. One wonders why. How many prisoners of war are freed in other wars while the war is still going on? Not many.
Some of the inmates have been released. Which makes them former inmates. Not former jihadis. They were released into the care of Saudi Arabia and were placed into a reforming programme designed to wean them off the islamic nastiness that is terrorism. Apparently, without too much success. It would appear, that once having been a jihadi, one is always a jihadi.
The Times has a grip on this and reported the following;
Nine Saudi Islamic militants, including former Guantanamo inmates, have been rearrested in the Kingdom despite completing a controversial rehabilitation programme.
The arrests follow the embarrassing revelation last week that another Saudi Guantanamo Bay detainee who was released to the authorities in 2007 has emerged as the deputy leader of al-Qaeda’s Yemeni branch of the terrorist organisation.
Both incidents are a serious setback for the experimental regime in which Saudi terror suspects are “weaned off” Islamic militancy at the so-called “Betty Ford clinic” for jihadists.
A “Betty Ford Clinic for Jihadists”…?? A ten step programme for terrorists? I can picture it now..
“Hi, my name is Muhammed. I’m a jihadi..I haven’t killed anyone for the last three years. I take it one day at a time.”
The room bursts into applause. “Welcome Muhammed…”
It obviously doesn’t work.
Anger management is on the curriculum too;
During the programme, the militants have to attend lessons based on Islamic law which shuns the use of violence. A team of psychologists instruct them how to manage their emotions when seeing images on television of Muslims suffering in war situations.
Dealing with Sudden Jihad Syndrome? Can’t be easy, can it? I mean, all those sunnis and shi-ites going at it hammer and tongs and all. The fact is that most muslims are killed by, well, other muslims. That’s got to be a bit of a thorn in the eye. Who do they get mad at? Allah loves ‘em all. I can understand their frustration.
I have no idea how the wonderful Barack Hussein Obama, the new messiah, the saviour of the planet and green idol of the left (who mentioned colour?) is going to justify the closure of the Gitmo camp but I’m prepared to bet it gets done. Europe is with him. They are lining up to be his true disciples.
Jean Asselborn, the Foreign Minister of Luxembourg, said: “The EU is not politically responsible for Guantanamo, it was an American decision and they have to take responsibility, but the EU must help people who were jailed, from a humanitarian point of view.”
What? Ah yes, the humanitarian view. This is, of course, most prominent in the mind of every jihadi who is worth his salt. I’m certain every one of them considers the humanitarian point of view before detonating the IED or pulling the trigger on his brand new Iranian (or is that Chinese?) Kalashnikov. Or bombing a bus, train, airplane, embassy or whatever takes his fancy today.
Just to confuse the issue, the Saudis have also thrown a little social comment into the debate by claiming success in the new Betty Ford clinic for jihadis;
The Saudi authorities claimed that none of the militants who had been sent to the centre on the outskirts of Riyadh had returned to terrorism.
Really? The Pentagon claims that “Dozens of released Guantanamo detainees have returned to the fight.”
But maybe these weren’t reformed jihadis?
One of the men, Said Ali al-Shihri, who was suspected of being involved in the bombing of the US Embassy in Sana, Yemen’s capital, in September last year and who has successfully completed the programme has turned up on a jihadi website video, had this to say;
“By Allah, imprisonment only increased our persistence in our principles for which we went out, did jihad for, and were imprisoned for.”
Yep. That’s definitely a change going on there. At least the Saudi’s are arresting them again. That’s progress for you!
I wonder where they’ll send them now?
Hat tip: Timesonline