According to this AP headline the detainees in Guantanamo Bay are “defying” our troops while in captivity.
First, lets take a look at the definitions of defy:
- To oppose or resist with boldness and assurance.
- To confront boldly and courageously.
- To call on another to do something requiring boldness.
In short, “defy” has positive connotations. It imputes a sense of bravery to the actions it describes.
Now lets look at some of the things these detainees in Gitmo are doing to our troops (from the AP article linked above):
The prisoners banged on their cells to protest the heat. They doused guards with whatever liquid was handy – from spit to urine. Sometimes they struck their jailers, one swinging a steel chair at a military police officer. . . .
Some prisoners at the U.S. base in eastern Cuba have gone on the attack, as in April 2003 when a detainee got out of his cell during a search for contraband food and knocked out a guard’s tooth with a punch to the mouth and bit him before he was subdued by MPs. One soldier delivered two blows to the inmate’s head with a handheld radio, the documents show. . . .
In another case, an inmate threw a partially full urine bottle at an MP in May 2002, apparently because he believed the soldier had intentionally kicked his hospital bed. When the soldier threw the urinal back, the detainee grabbed a steel chair and swung it at guards before they subdued him.
Throwing urine. Throwing “unknown liquids.” From other sources we’ve heard that detainees have thrown feces at their guards and threatened to track down their families to kill them once they get out.
These aren’t exactly the sort of actions I use a word like “defy” to describe. There’s certainly nothing courageous about them.
And what happened to the troop who hit the inmate with a radio to get him to stop attacking his fellow soldier?
The soldier who struck the inmate, and was dropped in rank to private first class as a result, described it as a close call. “The detainee was fighting as if he really wanted to hurt us. … We all saved each other’s lives in my opinion,” he wrote.
That’s right, he was punished.
It is clear that our soldiers at the Gitmo facility at Guantanamo Bay act with restraint and professionalism toward their captives. In return, the captives act like animals. Sadly the media, from its “blame America first” perspective, can’t see this as the truth of the situation and must continue to grant legitimacy to the actions of the terror criminals.
This is the same lack of perspective that leads people like Brian Williams to consider comparisons of our revolutionary forefathers to the terrorists we’re fighting in Iraq worthy of discussion.
Rob Port is the owner and operator of Say Anything, where we leave moral equivalence to the pros.