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"...and I will make justice the plumb line, and righteousness the level;
then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters will overflow the secret place."
Isaiah 28:17

04/21/2009 (11:27 am)

Another Good, Meaty Prosecution Down the Drain

In a turnaround that has to have leftists around the world weeping into their Starbucks lattes, the Attorney General of Spain has decided against investigating war crimes allegations against six members of the Bush administration — for a reason people who read my comments will recognize.

In fact, I almost reported this development as an update to the War Crimes Trial for King Mohammed VI!!! post from yesterday, because reality, in this case, makes the same point that I made in the comments section following that post. It seems that prosecuting war criminals only works if you prosecute the people who actually committed the crimes.

Via Moe Lane, who scarfed it from Ed Morrissey (with my emphasis):

Spanish prosecutors will recommend against opening an investigation into whether six Bush administration officials sanctioned torture against terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, the country’s attorney-general said Thursday.

Candido Conde-Pumpido said the case against the high-ranking U.S. officials — including former U.S. Attorney-General Alberto Gonzales — was without merit because the men were not present when the alleged torture took place.

“If one is dealing with a crime of mistreatment of prisoners of war, the complaint should go against those who physically carried it out,” Conde-Pumpido said in a breakfast meeting with journalists. He said a trial of the men would have turned Spain’s National Court “into a plaything” to be used for political ends.

As I explained to my friend Jim (darkhorse,) the entire topic — and I mean everything in the last eight years where the world “torture” was used — is a political game from the left. They’re using the consciences of good men against them as a weapon, a favorite tactic of World Socialists for the past 80 years. There are folks who genuinely care that torture is used around the world, and I believe that darkhorse is one of them, but these good-hearted folks are the unwitting dupes of very, very bad people, and are being used in a decades-long strategy aimed at killing American liberty by a thousand cuts.

The best way to deflect attempts at manipulation is to make sure the manipulators obtain none of their goals. To quote a very bright computer from a fascinating, old-school movie called War Games: “The only way to win is not to play.” For this reason, I firmly oppose any attempt to prosecute American officials for their conduct of the War on Terror, which is, in my mind, a model of American resolve, decency, and ingenuity.

So, it turns out that a real court in Spain noticed the same thing, and decided not to involve itself. Good for them. I would have preferred, though, along with Ed Morrissey, that they had decided not to get involved for an even better reason, namely that the conduct of American officials is no damned business of Spanish prosecutors, and that even raising the question is a serious insult to the sovereignty of the US, which declared its independence from European interests some two centuries ago.

Morrissey gets a nod from Lane regarding the invention of the term “Spainmas,” a reference to “Fitzmas,” the pre-Christmas giddiness that possessed leftists as they contemplated the coming gift of prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald “frog-marching Karl Rove out of the White House in handcuffs,” a Christmas that, sadly for these demented children, never came. I’m no fan of adding “gate” to the end of every scandal, either, and “Spainmas” does not have the same ring to it as “Fitzmas,” but he’s nailed the left’s emotional state, sure enough.

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April 24, 2009 @ 12:54 pm #

I just read on the American Thinker blog, “There’s ‘torture’ – and then there’s, well, torture”, and it describes what was done to a man identified as an Afghan grain dealer who the Sheikh, brother to the Crown Prince, accused of short changing him on a grain delivery to his royal ranch on the outskirts of Abu Dhabil. This article links to an NBC story, “http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=7402099&page=1a”, which both describes the torture, and shows a video that this no good thug had taped so that he could enjoy it over and over again in the comfort of his living room. This seems to epitomize the difference between aggressive interrogation, under the rule of law, and Real Torture.

April 25, 2009 @ 9:11 am #

As far as Spain is concerned, it does not matter to me whether they “decide” to prosecute or not. The very fact that they even consider it is outrageous. Until they revoke this “universal jurisdiction” conceit, they should be treated with contempt. But Bush didn’t do that and Obama will simply cave. The road to our destruction is before us and we travel with a happy song.

April 25, 2009 @ 3:16 pm #

oLD gUY, well stated,

What we are seeing in Spain, which allowed itself to be castrated by the Islamic terror of the 2004 Madrid train bombings, is simply a precursor of what is to come for all of Europe in the not too distant future.

Europe is under demographic assault by


Muslim population ‘rising 10 times faster than rest of society’

For a more complete picture of the islamic demographic assault on Europe, read Mark Steyn’s America Alone.

Interesting, Europe is in the process of going islamic, and you don’t hear nary a peep about it from mainstream media.

I am almost glad I probably won’t be alive to see “Eurabia” come to total fruition.

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