It isn’t hard to understand why Liberals hate GITMO. Ignore reality and their opinion appears reasonable.
“The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.” – John F. Kennedy
I hate when people think they know more than they actually do. Obviously, in every situation, in every moment, we can never know everything. That’s not what I’m saying. What I’m saying is that it disturbs me when what someone doesn’t understand so deeply colors their opinion that their opinion becomes defined by that lack of knowledge. People of both Parties are guilty of such ignorance, but it seems to be much more prevalent on the left. One of the main sticking points regarding this ignorance has to do with the recognition of good, and evil.
Many on the left have developed a sense of ambiguity that they like to believe is nuanced, and complex, viewing life in all grays, and never in blacks, and whites. They look at something clearly good, and decry it, while at the same time embracing something bad, simply because it appears more intelligent to question what we know to be true.
During an interview with The Daily Beast, Actress Kristin Stewart discussed her new movie in which she plays a soldier stationed at GITMO. The interview naturally waded into political waters, and the following exchange occurred:
Marlow Stern: “Right. The mistake we make is not viewing these detainees down there as people, too. We’re all people.”
Kristen Stewart: “That is essentially so f*cking evil, it’s crazy. It’s a ridiculous idea for you to think that you know anything for sure in life—other than to take care of your fellow people. Where the f*ck do you get off thinking otherwise? These two people couldn’t be from more different worlds and perspectives, and probably disagree fundamentally on most things, but there’s a through-line for all of us—and that’s what people forget, and that’s what makes people capable of doing terrible things to each other. What makes you different from any other person that walks the earth?”
The set up by Stern is typical of a liberal. She assumes that because GITMO detainees are treated a certain way, those who have detained them must not view them as human beings. It’s an incorrect assumption, based on an ignorant perspective. Stewart echoes that sentiment, saying that it’s “f*cking evil,” and that we can’t know anything for sure. She asks “What makes you different from any other person that walks the earth?”
“We’re all people.” Obviously we are all people. What makes the difference is what kind of people we are. What kind of people are we? What kind of people are they? There’s a reason detainees in GITMO are detained in GITMO, and it’s not because we just kinda don’t like them.
In an article written for CNN, Edwin Meese III perfectly articulates just why detainment is necessary at this time:
“Under the law of armed conflict, also called the law of war, engaging the enemy includes killing or capturing the enemy. This age-old principle – detention of the enemy during wartime for the duration of hostilities – is just as applicable to al Qaeda as it was to Nazi POWs in World War II or other enemies in previous wars. This principle has been upheld by our courts, including the United States Supreme Court.”
We are at war. We have been for quite some time. There is an organization–a faith–that is determined to eliminate us, and our allies for no other reason than our very existence. We are not Muslim, and that means we must convert, or die. As ISIS makes its unprecedented march across the Middle East, it has never been more apparent that we are in conflict with an organization with which we cannot reason. Given that, when we capture their fighters on the battlefield, it is our prerogative to find out everything they know for the security of the American people. We would be derelict of our responsibilities if we didn’t.
No one would question detaining Nazis during the Second World War, because Nazis were the enemy, and as such, they were potential sources of extraordinary importance. No one would question detaining Nazis because Nazis were the embodiment of evil in the eyes of the world. There was no question, and there didn’t need to be. Were they people? Yes. Were they vicious, evil people? Yes. So why do we question detaining terrorists captured on the battlefield today? Because the American left has imposed upon us a sense of asinine ambiguity. The left loves to question patriotism, and what better way to do that than to call it “f*cking evil,” and “crazy” to keep, and interrogate captured enemies?
Once again, this in not some random acquirement, and detention, we have these people because we captured them, and they could hold significant information that could be used to help keep Americans safe from attack.
Meese III makes that point clear in his piece on CNN:
“But over the past decade, we have not only kept dangerous terrorists at Guantanamo and thus away from the battlefield, we have learned a great deal from them during long-term, lawful interrogations. Without a safe, secure detention and interrogation facility, we would not have gained the tactical and strategic intelligence needed to degrade and ultimately defeat the enemy.“
What has been done at GITMO has not always been pleasant, but war is never pleasant—ask those who have had their limbs blown off, or those who have been horrifically scarred in service of our security. War is a kind of madness, but one which is necessary when an enemy is persistent, and hell-bent on destroying you. That’s what people—liberals—like Kristin Stewart don’t understand. They don’t understand that what is necessary is not always pleasant, that sometimes what we have to do to keep the country safe is messy. They want to exist in a utopia of their own imagining.
People like Stewart seem to believe that if we would just end the campaigns, and the wars, that ISIS, and Al-Qaeda would be willing to sit down at a table, and negotiate peacefully. People like her believe that it’s our fault that radical Islamists hate us, and that if we exited their lands, they would stop trying to end our very existence. And the root of that belief is that they don’t believe in evil. And that is very dangerous. Evil is quite real, and it won’t go away simply because we want to rise above it, and pretend it doesn’t exist.