Thursday, June 8

Human Rights Groups Kill Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

Terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was eliminated today by a US Military strike. Good riddance to him and thanks to the US Military to getting rid of one of this planet's rotten apples. This is yet another sign that Allah is not on the side of the terrorists.

Targeting a specific person is one of the most difficult tasks that can be assigned to the military. It is difficult enough to catch people in the US where society is functioning well and you are looking for a bad-guy hiding amongst good-guys. It is a completely different issue to ask the military to hunt down a person in a war zone where the person you are looking for as well as many others and not only trying to evade you, but are also actively trying to kill you.

However, as a credit to our Military they accept even the most difficult tasks and manage to successfully accomplish most. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has been a target for the longest time with a $25 million price tag on his head. One would have suspected that the preferred choice would have been to capture him. If you have good enough intel to target him with an aircraft, then it is also good enough to fly in a team to capture him. As we all know now, the Military saved themselves the trouble and the risk of trying to capture him and just eliminated him as a threat.

Imagine if Zarqawi had been captured instead. How long would it be before the EU, UN, International Red Cross, Amnesty International and the ACLU all started demanding access to him and protection of his rights. (Look at the massive investigation in Europe about 'illegal' CIA renditions.) The American anti-war left would have a fit once it became clear that Zarqawi would be held in a non-disclosed location. Then there would be calls to try him in a court of law. Soon after lawyers would jump in claiming to represent 'Mr. Zarqawi' and presenting stories on how the US is torturing their client and that their client was not being treated in accordance with the Geneva Convention.

Do you think the US really wanted to deal with the circus Zarqawi's capture would have created? Sure it probably would have provided great intel to capture him alive, but as I predicted here, someone in the Government decided that it was better to capture him dead rather than alive. Now that the attack is over, no amount of bickering from the normal crowd will change anything. There will be no allegations of torture from Zarqawi. No demands from lawyers to set them free. No concern that Zarqawi will be able to escape or continue his war against the US if released, as has been proved by a number of released Gitmo detainees. There will also be no need to hunt around for secret CIA Prisons as there will not be a need for one to keep him in.

Speaking of the Geneva Convention. The UN issued a report in February titled "
Situation of detainees at Guantánamo Bay." The press covered the report and it's calls for the US to close Gitmo. What the press seems to have missed was this important note by the Chairperson of the working group that made the report:

The Chairperson of the Working Group and the Special Rapporteur note that, while United States Armed Forces continue to be engaged in combat operations in Afghanistan as well as in other countries, they are not currently engaged in an international armed conflict between two Parties to the Third (POWs) and Fourth (civilians) Geneva Conventions. (Pages 13-14 of the report)

In other words, the Geneva Conventions do not apply to these criminals.

Instead they demand that those caught in armed conflict against the US (and terrorists) be tried in court in accordance with the UN's "International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights" (ICCPR) which the US is a party to. This causes a problem, because by catching Zarqawi, he would certainly spend the rest of his life behind bars, and never see the inside of a courtroom. That would be a violation of the ICCPR as far as the report goes:

Furthermore, the general conditions of detention, in particular the uncertainty about the length of detention and prolonged solitary confinement, amount to inhuman treatment and to a violation of the right to health as well as a violation of the right of detainees under article 10 (1) of ICCPR to be treated with humanity and with respect for the inherent dignity of the human person. (Page 37)

The UN report made this recommendation:

Terrorism suspects should be detained in accordance with criminal procedure that respects the safeguards enshrined in relevant international law. Accordingly, the United States Government should either expeditiously bring all Guantánamo Bay detainees to trial, in compliance with articles 9(3) and 14 of ICCPR, or release them without further delay. Consideration should also be given to trying suspected terrorists before a competent international tribunal. (Page 38)

Clinton's Administration wanted to treat terrorists like common criminals. We all know how well that worked. You want to bet that the Military lawyers referred to this report when they made their recommendation to eliminate Zarqawi?


Likely Unintended Effect of Fighting for Rights for Terrorists - FFI - 26 November 2005

Situation of detainees at Guantánamo Bay - UN Report (PDF Format)
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

4 comments:

A date with KHAN said...

Abu Musab was not known to the world and was simply a very small fish indeed, before the Colin Powell of USA in front of UN named him an ally to Al Qaeda, which automatically promoted him to where he is today. If I had read you blog (if you had one) during the time when Saddam Hussein was captured alive, I just wonder what you have wrote then? The insurgents or freedom fighters in Iraq have every right to defend what is theirs and defend their freedom just like what we want in USA and Europe. Can you image if the tables were other way around, where in the USA we had Iraqi forces invading, running havoc and mayhem around the streets of Washington, shooting innocent and randomly shooting American citizens calling them insurgents or member of the Al-Bushism group, what would you do?
Knowing what the Americans want the people of Iraq to do, to welcome the occupation with open arms. Is that what you would do to Iraqi occupation?
Having Iraqi troops storm your house, blind fold you, drag your wife out of her bed, sling your children into the walls as they line them outside the on the main street. Would you still make peace with them and expect them to treat you well?
Shooting your youngest child in the head executing him in front of your you, your wife and the rest of your family. Would you still think they came to liberate you from Bush and great them with open arms?
Cutting off electric to your city, disrupting water supplies, forcing a curfew for days on end and not being able to feed and provide for your family, would you still accept their occupation?
Or would you decide to join a resistance group to fight them where ever you found them?
Even though the Iraqi labeled you as terrorists and you a leader of the Al-Bushism group. You will be thinking that what I have wrote is out of context and maybe it is, but try putting your self in average Iraqi males position, who has a family, wants to provide for his children and wife, what to have a peaceful life?

Fred Fry said...

Thank you concerned poster in the UK:

“The insurgents or freedom fighters in Iraq have every right to defend what is theirs and defend their freedom just like what we want in USA and Europe.”

- The insurgents are nothing more than terrorists. The majority of the people they kill are Iraqis. Many of those doing the killing are not even Iraqi, so I am not sure what you refer to when you say they are defending what is theirs? Zarqawi was Jordanian, not Iraqi. Freedom fighters? What kind of freedom? They were not fighting for freedom under Saddam? They were not fighting for freedom when Iraq invaded Kuwait. Who do you think the average Iraqi is afraid of, the US Military, or these 'freedom fighters?'

“Cutting off electric to your city, disrupting water supplies, forcing a curfew for days on end and not being able to feed and provide for your family, would you still accept their occupation?”

- It is the terrorists that cut off the electricity by blowing things up, you idiot. They are the ones who cut off water supplies by blowing up water pipes and pumping stations.

"Having Iraqi troops storm your house, blind fold you, drag your wife out of her bed, sling your children into the walls as they line them outside the on the main street. Would you still make peace with them and expect them to treat you well? Shooting your youngest child in the head executing him in front of your you, your wife and the rest of your family. "

- What you wrote was close to reality. I think if you had wrote the following, you would have an accurate picture of the terrorists:

“Having Iraqi terrorists storm Iraqi houses, blind fold the men, drag the wife out of her bed, sling their children into the walls as they line them outside the on the main street.”

You need to wake up to reality. Saddam killed a million plus when he was in power but idiots like you think it was ok because he was a muslim. What are you doing in London anyway? Where did you flee from. If the US and UK are so evil, then why are you not sitting in GITMO with a hood over your head?

Zarqawi was a terrorist leader. He is now dead and that is a good thing. Sure he might be replaced, but the position of the terrorists is that someone now has to replace him and hope that he learns faster than the US and others can catch him.

No, I was not blogging when Saddam was caught. That was a good thing too not only for the US, but for Iraq and even Iran too. He was the man who gave the US a reason to attack. Not for anything but Libya handed over their WMD program to the US as a result of his capture. Not bad.

tree hugging sister said...

(Fred! You rock!)

Fred Fry said...

Thanks for the compliment!