Barack Obama a true believer. He believes, that if we just show enough love and benevolence to our enemies, they will be overwhelmed and return it. He believes the U.S. caused this war. We are the “Ugly American.”
The President would have done well to read more Jefferson and less Engels and Marx at Harvard. Jefferson faced a similar situation during his first year in office. The Barbary Pirates were Muslim extremists who demanded a tribute from the U.S. for our passage through Moroccan waters. The government paid it for years rather than send our navy half way around the world to fight them.
This is part of their declaration, sent to us through the Moroccan ambassador:
It was written in their Koran, that all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave; and that every Muslim who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to paradise.
Sound familiar? It is identical in tone to Osama bin Laden’s declaration of war against the U.S. These guys will never change. They do not hate us because we’re Americans; they hate us because we are not Muslims.
Jefferson knew that these 7th century heathens only understood one message. He declared war on them. Since Jefferson, until Obama, we have never negotiated with terrorists and we have never shown them mercy.
Well, that has little to do with Guantanamo Bay, other than to say, that President Jefferson thought of America’s interests first and left the enemy to worry about theirs.
One more short blurb of history.
When the Lincoln conspirators were arrested after the President’s assignation, they were held in a federal prison, tried by a nine-man military tribunal, and executed by the Army. And they were American citizens. This was not done because we were at war; the war was over. They were tried for, among other things, conspiracy against the United States.
We know that the 9-11 conspirators intended to strike at the very seat of our government with United Flight 93. It was assigned to either the White House or the Capitol. One of the other flights struck the Pentagon, the very heart of our military complex. What more does the President need to realize this was an act of war?
These terrorists must be tied by military tribunal, not because our constitution calls for it, but because it is right.
Send them back to GITMO, Mr. President. Put them on trial and execute them on government soil.