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Send in the Clowns

WASHINGTON — Our war against terror is in trouble now. Lawyers from some of our most prestigious law firms are trundling down to Guantanamo Bay to represent detainees. If any group in America can bring a project to foozle it would be a group of American lawyers intent on humanitarian service. It is only a matter of time before a new Ramsey Clark Jr. emerges to fill American courts with bogus legal charges to stoke international anti-Americanism. Then accomplished poseurs such as the Clintons and Jean-Francois Kerry can chirp up about how the whole world is increasingly hostile to us. They will, of course, urge the Bush Administration to Washington heed the concerns of “the world community.”

Frankly I would like to be on hand when these sleek American lawyers arrive in Gitmo, particularly if they include members of the fair sex. The detainees are all very pious Islamacists. Surely these enlightened lady lawyers will have the decency to wear the requisite abaya, the national dress of Saudi Arabia that covers Saudi cuties in one heap of cloth from head to toe. If such garments are not available in New York or Washington perhaps purchasing a small tent from L.L Bean will do. Surely our lady lawyers will not be so disrespectful as to wear perfume or for that matter even deodorant, which among the devout detainees is sure to be considered sacrilegious. Also I suspect the ladies will know enough to walk several paces behind their men folk. Islamic sensibilities must be observed — and, incidentally, this custom is one for which I have some sympathy.

I am told that the lawyers might have difficulty gaining the trust of the aggrieved detainees at Gitmo. They are a touchy bunch. The very thought of Westerners provokes them to blow themselves up and anyone nearby. Yet they have these complaints about our soldiers treating them discourteously and in contravention of Geneva protocols on the humane treatment of prisoners. Well, send in a few lady lawyers with promises of legal assistance and the possibility of being sprung from this Gitmo calaboose and allowed to fly off to their Middle Eastern paradises. Do you remember the reports in the Weekly Standard of some of the detainees’ response to the presence of female American soldiers at Gitmo? The chaps exposed their male members and masturbated. In some instances they would reach for their toothbrushes and perform unspeakable acts with the brushes on parts of their anatomy that would amaze our female soldiers. Well, an American lady lawyer on a humanitarian mission will know the proper response. She might read the Bill of Rights to her client. She might bill her office overtime.

Yes, there is farce surrounding the arrival of American lawyers at Gitmo to assist these savage men whose favorite pastime is murder. The detainees are not soldiers, conventionally understood. They are among the most dangerous people on earth. For a certitude, our government is faced with a very difficult set of problems in handling them, either for intelligence purposes or to keep them from going back and killing more of their neighbors and our forces.

The humane treatment of prisoners is a Western idea, and it is good that we have organizations devoted to monitoring that treatment. Yet even here there is farce. Imagine Amnesty International recently comparing our facility at Guantanamo Bay with the Gulag where millions of Russians perished. Then Amnesty International called for the arrest and trial of Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and former CIA Director George Tenet.

General Richard B. Meyers responded to these imbecilic statements by saying, “I think I’d ask them [Amnesty International’s provocateurs] to go look up the definition of gulag as commonly understood. We’ve had 68,000 detainees since this conflict against violent extremism started. We’ve had 325 investigations into alleged abuse. We’ve had 100 cases of substantiated abuse and there are 100 individuals that have had some sort of action taken, either court-martial or administrative action.” Yes, general, and now we have the lawyers involved. With a little luck they will turn Guantanamo into Bill Clinton’s impeachment revels or the Michael Jackson trial.

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
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R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. is the founder and editor in chief ofThe American Spectator. He is the author of The Death of Liberalism, published by Thomas Nelson Inc. His previous books include the New York Times bestseller Boy Clinton: The Political Biography; The Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton; The Liberal Crack-Up; The Conservative Crack-Up; Public Nuisances; The Future that Doesn’t Work: Social Democracy’s Failure in Britain; Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House; The Clinton Crack-Up; and After the Hangover: The Conservatives’ Road to Recovery. He makes frequent appearances on national television and is a nationally syndicated columnist, whose articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, Washington Times, National Review, Harper’s, Commentary, The (London) Spectator, Le Figaro (Paris), and elsewhere. He is also a contributing editor to the New York Sun.
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