Saturday, May 03, 2008

Ex-Gitmo Bomber's Mosul Death Toll

Former Guantanamo guest, Abdullah Saleh al-Ajmi, exploded himself across the Iraqi city of Mosul last Thursday as posted here. At that time, the only casualty reported was al-Ajmi alone. It's a different day.

As the story developed, the suicide attack happened Saturday April 26. Religion of Peace (access avail at top of page) lists the attack as: 4/26/2008, Iraq Mosul, 9 (killed) 11 (injured), Nine people are murdered in two Fedayeen suicide bombing attacks.

The blog, Not Yet Melted, explains:

Al Ajmi was repatriated to Kuwait November 3, 2005, where he was freed on bail, while he awaited trial. His trial began in March 2006, and he and five others were acquitted on July 22, 2006.

On April 26, in Mosul, seven members of the Iraqi security forces were killed by suicide car bombing, thus proving the excellence of the legal services provided by leading American law firms like
Shearman and Sterling.
The English language daily newspaper, International Herald Tribune, writes much the same:

The cousin, Salem al-Ajmi, told Al-Arabiya on Thursday that the former detainee was behind the latest attack in Mosul, although he did not provide more details.

Three suicide car bombers targeted Iraqi security forces in Mosul on April 26, killing at least seven people.
The Miami Herald is reporting the same figures.

Power Line expresses the opinion, which I share, that a bigger scandal than the four star treatment detainees get at Gitmo is "that we have put terrorists like Abdullah Saleh al-Ajmi back in a position to wage war against us and to kill innocent people like the seven in Mosul."

It's not like we don't know what will happen when the captured enemy is released on just the promise the bad guy won't return to the battle. Parole, as the practice has been known for hundreds of years, was granted to British prisoners during the American Revolutionary War only to return to their units and the battlefield. Parole was common during the Civil War with the same results for both the North and the South. The Union Army solved the problem by asking for volunteers among the Southern prisoners to serve in the Union Army in Indian Territory.

Other than that one solution, the practice has usually been a failure except in the great long ago when a man's word was his bond. The American Civil War put a stop to the practice when it became apparent the Confederate Army could only maintain its strength through parole. With the loss of the honor concept, the only options left are imprisonment for the duration or take no prisoners.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


Mike's America said...

That's nine deaths that the Gitmo handwringers are responsible for.

In their zeal to promote the human rights of terrorists they have enabled the murder of these innocents.

Shame on them!

Keep this story handy for future reference.

Indigo Red said...

Even more, Mike, because this isn't the first and only bad guy sprung from Gitmo. There was the AQ/Taliban leader released a few years ago who went on to attack many times before he was killed.

Mike's America said...

I wonder if anyone has kept a tally of the number of innocent lives taken by Gitmo detainees that have been released?

Indigo Red said...

Probably not, though it's possible if one knows the names of the detainees, assuming they haven't changed names.

I think the 9 dead, 11 injured is quite enough for a badge of shame. If ya'll ahven't seen the numerological irony here the casualty numbers look like 9/11.