Why The 17 Uighurs Shouldn’t Be Released

I’m from the school of thought that says those who went through an Al-Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan should either have their brains blown out or should spend the rest of their lives in a cell. For us to get our hands on these terrorists and then release them? It’s madness.

….Which brings us to the 17 Uighurs Obama looks to have finally gotten off his hands,

The South Pacific island nation of Palau has agreed to “temporarily resettle” the 17 Uighurs, or Chinese Muslims, currently being held at Guantanamo Bay, an official with the Palau government told FOX News.

“Palau’s accommodation to accept the temporary resettlement of these detainees is a humanitarian gesture intended to held them be freed from any further unnecessary incarceration and to restart their lives anew in as normal a fashion as possible,” according to a press release provided to FOX News by the official.

Two U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to the Associated Press, said the U.S. was prepared to give Palau up to $200 million in development, budget support and other assistance in return for accepting the Uighurs and as part of a mutual defense and cooperation treaty that is due to be renegotiated this year.

…The 17 Uighurs are members of a Muslim group from China. According to U.S. officials, they received weapons training in Afghanistan so they could fight against the Chinese government. U.S. officials worry they could face torture if sent back to China, but the U.S. government has had difficulty identifying countries willing to accept the Uighurs.

One controversial option considered was to release the Uighurs into the United States. In fact, a federal court ordered the U.S. government to do just that, but an appeals court blocked the move, ruling that the federal court lacked the necessary authority.

Last week, during a press tour of their detention camp, some of the Uighurs approached the fence around the facility and — with phrases written on an art pad — compared the U.S. government to that of China and Nazi Germany. One Uighur asked in English, “Obama is a Communist or a Democrat?”

“Palau’s decision is consistent with its age-old cultural tradition of accommodating and helping people in need,” the press release proved to FOX News said.

Palau was once a trusteeship administered by the United States, but Palau became independent in October 1994. The United States and Palau then entered into a Compact of Free Association, which a senior State Department official said plays no role in “any other discussions we might be having with the government of Palau.”

Gee, I thought everybody on the planet loved us now because Obama was so wonderful? Yet, we had to pay Palau $200 million to take in these 17 terrorists — and that’s what they are, terrorists.

They trained in one of Al-Qaeda’s camps in Afghanistan, supposedly to fight China. Well, for a moment, let’s pretend that Al-Qaeda doesn’t actually hate us, too. Let’s just say that the Uighurs only want to commit terrorist acts against China. While I’m not that fond of China, but why in the world do we want to release 17 people who may be risks to blow themselves up in a Beijing shopping mall one day? So Obama can try to get political credit from the hard core “hate America” wackos on the farthest leftward reaches of his base?

Here’s the reality: typically, during a war, when you capture someone from the other side, you hang on to them until the war ends to keep them from getting back into the fight. That’s just common sense. Unfortunately, because of the nature of this war, it’s likely to be a long-term affair — which means terrorists we capture could conceivably spend the rest of their natural life in a prison cell. If we don’t want to send the Uighurs back to China, that’s what should happen to them. To do otherwise is to risk innocent lives for no good reason and if, quite unsurprisingly, these terrorists end up killing innocent people with an act of terrorism, then Barack Obama will have their blood on his hands.

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