Monday, July 14, 2014

The World Is Taking Crazy Pills (Ultra-Redux)

If someone still questions whether either the American or Canadian governments want to end Islamists, question no more:

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is transitioning to regular active duty status, having completed therapy and counseling following his return from captivity in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said on Monday.

Bergdahl, who was released in May after five years as a Taliban prisoner of war in Afghanistan, is being assigned to work at the Army North headquarters at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, the department said in a statement.

Bowe Bergdahl sent an e-mail to his parents declaring that he was "ashamed to be an American" before walking off his base in Afghanistan unarmed and carrying only a light pack. Six soldiers were killed searching for him. His own government agreed that he had walked off his base deliberately in 2010. Bergdahl has been photographed smiling with a Taliban commander. His own father thanked "Allah" upon hearing his son had been released. Even if Bergdahl wasn't cringing in disgust that he was a citizen of a First World nation, the set precedent of dealing with the Taliban for a soldier or any national is a dangerous one. Now, Bergdahl is all but absolved of his crime of desertion, as though it was never any matter at all.

This is not that different from confessed murderer Omar Khadr's transfer to a provincial prison when his deliberate terrorist crimes require harsher imprisonment. Khadr has never denied killing Christopher Speer nor has he renounced the Taliban or terrorism. For all one knows, the bombs he constructed may even have killed Canadian soldiers.

What part of either of these deals is in the greater interests of justice? How have either Bergdahl or Khadr been punished?

Both governments have screwed over their citizens. They have given a boon to their enemies.

They simply are unwilling to fight.

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