This week I have watched as my nation has committed one of the worst atrocities that I have been alive to witness. And it saddens me that this is what we have become. This isnt going to be a blog about Bowe Bergdahl and the actions he may or may not have done to contribute to his situation. This isn’t going to be me codemning the president. Enough of you will do that anyways. This isn’t going to be the place for it, however. I strictly want to talk about what it means for us to have done what WE just did.
A lot of you are saying to yourselves, “why’s he saying ‘WE’? I didn’t want this to happen.” Well too bad. Every foreign affair that is done by this nation is done in the name of the constituents. Let me enlighten you on the outside looking in. Every other country isn’t looking at Jack, Jim, and Joe-Bob and questioning their actions. WE are all Americans, and right now everyone else is looking at US as a nation and wondering what the fuck?
WE as a nation just released five of the top terrorists that WE had in our custody back to their bretheren in Afghanistan. Five of the most dangerous men WE have been able to get OUR hands on and not have to gun down in the process. WE didn’t return combatants to their host nation. WE didn’t give prisoners of war back to their armies. WE gave criminals, essentially gangsters in their homeland, who have probably killed dozens of OUR troops personally and through leadership and strategy probably responsible for hundreds of deaths a piece, back to the gang that they were associated with while they committed their crimes. Its frustrating to think of all the deaths that could be attributed to these individuals and now they get to go back to what they were doing, like it all never happened. They sat in Gitmo getting tortured and questioned for years probably thinking of nothing more than getting out of there and seeking revenge in Allah’s name of the crap that was done to them. And now, they get their chance.
These men; every one of them with not a look of fear in their eyes, but anger. Rage. Disgust at the Americans who are their captors. They hate you, simply because you are American. And they want to kill you because of it. They will kill you given the chance. And WE let them go. Here are some short bios of these men. Learn them well. Know their faces. I guarantee you will see them again.
Khair Ulla Said Wali Khairkhwa
Khairkhwa was an early member of the Taliban in 1994 and was interior minister during the Taliban’s rule. He hails from the same tribe as Afghan President Hamid Karzai and was captured in January 2002. Khairkhwa’s most prominent position was as governor of Herat province from 1999 to 2001, and he was alleged to have been “directly associated” with Osama bin Laden. According to a detainee assessment, Khairkhwa also was probably associated with al Qaeda’s now-deceased leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al Zarqawi. He is described as one of the “major opium drug lords in western Afghanistan” and a “friend” of Karzai. He was arrested in Pakistan and was transferred to Guantanamo in May 2002. During questioning, Khairkhwa denied all knowledge of extremist activities.
Mullah Mohammad Fazl
Fazl commanded the main force fighting the U.S.-backed Northern Alliance in 2001, and served as chief of army staff under the Taliban regime. He has been accused of war crimes during Afghanistan’s civil war in the 1990s. Fazl was detained after surrendering to Abdul Rashid Dostam, the leader of Afghanistan’s Uzbek community, in November 2001. He was wanted by the United Nations in connection with the massacre of thousands of Afghan Shiites during the Taliban’s rule. “When asked about the murders, he did not express any regret,” according to the detainee assessment. He was alleged to have been associated with several militant Islamist groups, including al Qaeda. He was transferred into U.S. custody in December 2001 and was one of the first arrivals at Guantanamo, where he was assessed as having high intelligence value.
Mullah Norullah Noori
Noori served as governor of Balkh province in the Taliban regime and played some role in coordinating the fight against the Northern Alliance. Like Fazl, Noori was detained after surrendering to Dostam, the Uzbek leader, in 2001. Noori claimed during interrogation that “he never received any weapons or military training.” According to 2008 detainee assessment, Noori “continues to deny his role, importance and level of access to Taliban officials.” That same assessment characterized him as high risk and of high intelligence value.
Abdul Haq Wasiq
Wasiq was the deputy chief of the Taliban regime’s intelligence service. His cousin was head of the service. An administrative review in 2007 cited a source as saying that Wasiq was also “an al Qaeda intelligence member” and had links with members of another militant Islamist group, Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin. Wasiq claimed, according to the review, that he was arrested while trying to help the United States locate senior Taliban figures. He denied any links to militant groups.
Mohammad Nabi Omari
Omari was a minor Taliban official in Khost Province. According to the first administrative review in 2004, he was a member of the Taliban and associated with both al Qaeda and another militant group Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin. He was the Taliban’s chief of communications and helped al Qaeda members escape from Afghanistan to Pakistan. Omari acknowledged during hearings that he had worked for the Taliban but denied connections with militant groups. He also said that he had worked with a U.S. operative named Mark to try to track down Taliban leader Mullah Omar.
These are the five high level men that we gave up for one sergeant. Is one man’s life worth more than another’s? Not necessarily when it comes to life its self, but I know one thing, the lives of five men outweigh the life of one. To me, it sounds like we gave them one hell of a deal.
Furthermore, WE as a nation have had a long standing rule. A rule that was just violated. A rule that is in place for a reason. WE will not negotiate with terrorists.
There was a huge reason behind why that rule was in place. And now thanks to OUR actions there will be consequences. By negotiating with these people WE just showed the world that WE have a price. WE showed them that if you illegally take one of OUR people, you can actually get something out of it, AND get away with it.
When everyone believed that WE wouldn’t negotiate with terrorists, OUR people were much safer. There was less chance of kidnapping, there was less danger of getting snatched up abroad and there was a general understanding of fear. Fear that if you try to ransom an American, they’re just going to find you and kill you. Now, WE have torn down that shield and stand exposed to all the dangers that have been held at bay. There are a lot of people in the world that want to hurt you, just because you are an American. This situation just gave them the go ahead. Remember this if you ever find yourself snatched up by foreigners. You had better hope they are patient terrorists and don’t just tire of your presence when his friends aren’t released in as timely manner as he wanted. You’d better hope…