Via Thomas Joscelyn at the Weekly Standard.
The UK government has decided to award seven former Guantanamo detainees millions of dollars in an out-of-court settlement, according to multiple press accounts. Why? The ex-Gitmo detainees claim that British authorities knew they were being tortured during their detention by the U.S. and other countries. And the Brits reportedly do not want their intelligence officials to become embroiled in costly and time-consuming litigation.
Unbelievable. You can be plot to barbecue, behead, and blow apart innocent civilians for the sin of living free. You could get caught and even locked up, only to be released through the efforts of those who wave the banner of the liberty only when it advances their compulsion to destroy it. Then, like your new cohorts, you learn to massage and pervert loopholes of that liberty you detest, inexorably toward its own implosion – replacing your box-cutters, machetes, and suicide belts with lies, threats, and predatory litigation.
The struggle against the West’s jihadist foes is as much an information war as it is a military conflict. The contest for hearts and minds, both in the Muslim world and in the West, is a significant part of the war. Britain’s capitulation to the former Gitmo detainees might be evidence that the West is losing this battle.
To defeat the UK government, all the former Gitmo detainees and their lawyers had to do was claim they were tortured and then bury government officials in paperwork. It didn’t even matter that their claims have been repeatedly investigated and disproved. I’ve written about this previously, so I will not recount all of the facts again. (See, for example, here and here.)
The Western World has invested oceans of blood and tears to guard basic freedoms, like those guaranteed under the First Amendment – not to nourish some murderous religious fanatic’s zeal to make everyone as miserable as the citizens of his own country.
Nevertheless, they not only get away with it, but are paid handsomely for their efforts.