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Saturday, August 27, 2005

Terrorist killing aces

Belmont Club blog always has a lively number of Comments to read in each post that Wretchard writes. Analyzing Michael Yon's post, Gates of Fire, Wretchard points out some interesting facts regarding jihadists who are released from detention.
The problem with releasing terrorists who have been caught in the act because they cannot be convicted under civilian due process exacerbates the problem of the "Ace Factor". I can't find the online reference to it, but air combat statistics show that the vast majority of aerial kills are accounted for by a small number of people, the so-called "aces". If you read Yon's account, you will see how the "aces" stand out. Khalid Jasim Nohe is clearly an ace. So is Yon. Look at his pics. No shake. Personally I probably couldn't even find the shutter at a moment like that. Look at Kurilla and that Sergeant Major. Aces and the rest were simply not there. But it is also statistically true that new arrivals to the battlefield tend to rise to another plane after their first combat. Chances are that the rookies will be alright. Hence, a lot of effort is spent getting them over the hump after which their prospects of survival improve dramatically. But I digress. The point is that releasing an experienced enemy combatant is to release an enemy ace, almost by definition. From an operations research point of view this is the most destructive thing you can do to your own side. The solution is to create some kind of long-term detention system. But that's what Guantanamo Bay was supposed to be and the Left is slowly but surely dismantling it. The consequences were predictable, but it took an embedded blogger to highlight it. The Memory Hole would have swallowed the data.

It was reported just today: "
U.S. Frees 1,000 From Abu Ghraib Prison"

Fortunately, this story reports:
"Those chosen for release are not guilty of serious, violent crimes such as bombing, torture, kidnapping, or murder and all have admitted their crimes, renounced violence, and pledged to be good citizens of a democratic Iraq."

I can only hope this is accurate.

But the prospect of losing Gitmo as a detention camp for dangerous and violent jihadists is troubling. It's difficult to understand good American citizens who would release these terrorist killing aces back into the field to shoot or bomb more of our brave Lieutenant Col. Kurilla's.
I'm sure they do not intend these aces to do us harm. Lost in their own naive blindness, they think they are saviors of civil rights. Someone has opined that if they want the Gitmo prisoners released, they should be given room and board in their own homes.
That's wrong, of course. And cruel.
Gitmo should be maintained to hold these dangerous and deadly killing aces for as long as necessary for all of our protection.


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