Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sasquatch in Manhattan

Lately there's been a lot of chatter about the Attorney General's plan to try the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks in NYC. The criticism has ranged from the ridiculous to the ridiculouser.

They say bringing the Guantanamo prisoners to US soil will pose a security threat. That the Islamisicts will have a platform to espouse their hate. That they will use the trials as a recruiting tool and fan the flames of terror.

These points are easily debunked. (see The Daily Show)

But over and above that, there's also this misguided attempt to apply Western logic to a people who do not abide by any logic, Western or otherwise. Let's remember, these are Caliphate-seeking people who are content to live in caves, marry goats and stone women in public squares for wearing pants.

The truth is, the precedent has already been set. In 1961, the Israelis snatched Adolf Eichmann from a farm in Argentina, flew him back to the homeland and put him (as well as the Third Reich) on trial.

Eichmann, chief engineer of the Holocaust, was given a platform to spew anti-semitism. It could have re-ignited the embers of Nazism. It didn't. Instead the world saw an evil little bureaucrat and took away a better understanding of the phrase, "I was only following orders."

When all is said and done, I think bringing the Muslim terrorists to Manhattan and trying them for their crimes will do more harm to their cause than any cruise missile or daisy buster could, though we should never undervalue the awesome pyrotechnic beauty of a direct hit.

I also think HBO ought to buy the broadcast rights to the trial and make it available via Pay Per View. At the very least we know it will have more drama than the recent Pacquiao vs Cotto fight.

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