January 10, 2009

Why aren't "progressives" up in arms?

Via the WaPo:

A New Year's Day CIA strike in northern Pakistan killed two top al-Qaeda members long sought by the United States, including the man believed to be behind September's deadly suicide bombing at a Marriott hotel in the Pakistani capital, U.S. counterterrorism officials confirmed yesterday.

Agency officials ascertained this week that Usama al-Kini, a Kenyan national who was described as al-Qaeda's chief of operations in Pakistan, was killed in the Jan. 1 missile strike, along with his lieutenant, identified as Sheikh Ahmed Salim Swedan, the sources said. Both men were associated with a string of suicide attacks in Pakistan in recent months and also allegedly helped plan the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in East Africa…

Now here's the thing, as Byron York posits:

But I wonder: Where are the protests? If the U.S. had arrested these guys, and made them stand up for long periods of time while being questioned, or turned the air-conditioning way down in the interrogation room, there would be an outcry about their treatment. And yet when the U.S. blows them to bits, out of the blue, with a Hellfire missile fired from an un-manned drone controlled by Americans thousands of miles away, there's not much complaint. Now I'm sure the CIA took great care to make sure it had the right target in the crosshairs, but you can't get a much better definition of "no due process" than a Hellfire missile. Where's the outrage?

Indeed. Which is what I've long argued when this War on Terror began and the "progressives" were apoplectic about granting terrorists more rights and better prison conditions that you or I would enjoy -- just freakin' kill 'em. After all, if this is "war," you try to kill the enemy. We didn't send our soldiers to capture the Nazis or Japanese or North Koreans or Chinese ... so we could put them in jail, give them attorneys, and set them up for trials in American courts. Right?

Posted by Hube at January 10, 2009 09:49 AM | TrackBack

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