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Monday, June 12, 2006

Right Wing Nut House goes sane

Bravo to Rick Moran at Right Wing Nut House for taking the Gitmo suicides seriously:

There are many who dismiss the suicides of the three detainees at Guantanamo with a kind of “good riddance” wave of the hand, a casual shrug of the shoulders denoting indifference to the fate of those who, if given half a chance, would kill us all.

But it is by no means clear that those detainees and the others being held there pose that kind of threat. And the reason we aren’t sure – sure enough to have a clear conscience as we lock them away for the rest of their lives – is because of the unconscionable foot dragging by the Administration on determining exactly what rights the prisoners will be granted before US courts.

From what I understand from many of Rick's commenters, statements like this are proof that he's "gone soft":
Much as we loathe the men who have sworn to kill us all, we simply must come to grips with the idea that if we aren’t able to kill them on the battlefield, they must be granted some of the rights guaranteed by international law and our own constitution. To do any less cheapens our entire justice system. It isn’t a question of loving the terrorist. It is a question of loving liberty and the blessings granted by a constitution that recognizes value in every individual and equality before the law.
Respect for the constitution, loving liberty and recognizing equality before the law are not evidence of "softness." They're evidence of "American-ness."

Update: Allahpundit at Hot Air "basically agrees" with Moran and provides some good linkage. Gribbit at Stop the ACLU takes some time off from gaybashing to not surprisingly disagree. Surprisingly, he makes a good point about the increasingly annoying ACLU.

Blogger Tom Harper said...

Hmmm...sounds like some wimpy moderate is pretending to be Rick (Superhawk) Moran. A long time ago (probably a year and a half or so) I commented at his blog about war captives, saying they should at least be convicted before we torture them. He replied that he felt sorry for me for believing the Islamo-fascist press. (I'm paraphrasing -- his wording was much more scathing than that.)

I'm glad he's modifying a little -- fame will do that to people.

Gribbit -- don't get me started. I don't care about his politics, but last summer he was involved with Republican Vet in creating a website dedicated to slandering liberal bloggers. After that, Republican Vet turned on Gribbit for whatever reason and started slandering him on the same blog.

Anyway, if Rick Moran has moved closer to center, more power to him.

Blogger The Cranky Insomniac said...

The thing is, I think Jay at Stop the ACLU is a generally fair and reasonable writer - as well as a good guy - even when I disagree with him. But Gribbit just strikes me as an irrational hatemonger, and I can't figure out why Jay has him blogging on his site.

As for Rick, I don't know enough about him to make any kind of judgment, but I thought his post on the suicides was really well done, particularly since he had to know that a large number of his readers were gonna rabidly disagree with him.


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