By opposing America’s fight against its Islamic attackers, the EU has killed NATO, and the US and its allies must build a new alliance.
Even before Mr. Bush landed for the one-day meeting in Vienna, his host, the Austrian chancellor, Wolfgang Schuessel, had made clear he would be demanding the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, in the name of the European Union.
The president responded with measured sarcasm (my emphasis):
“I’d like to end Guantanamo, I’d like it to be over with. One of those things that we will do is that we will send people back to their home countries.”
Two hundred detainees had been sent back, and some 400 remained, he went on, mostly from Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Yemen. “I explained our desire to send them back. Of course, there is international pressure not to send them back. I hope we will be able to resolve that,” he said.
He was alluding to the fact that Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Yemen are three of the nations the EU claims – without a shred of evidence – the US has shipped prisoners for torture.
We saw United 93 yesterday. Afterwards Mrs. G cried a bit while I reflected how quickly Europe’s post-9/11 solidarity with the US morphed into hostility. The EU pols are fully aware of the international law governing enemy combatants and POW’s:
…(the) Geneva Convention (extends) privileges to enemy combatants…who abide by the laws it sets for war, including the treatment of prisoners.
Combatants who fail to obey those laws–by not wearing distinctive military insignia or targeting civilians–are not entitled to its privileges. If they were, the very purpose of the Convention would be rendered a nonsense. And this is why the U.S. has refused Geneva privileges to the enemy combatants at Guantanamo…
And even if the US were to treat these enemy combatants as POWs, it would still be entitled to keep them locked up until the war ends.
The NATO alliance rested on the principle that an attack on one member would be treated as an attack on all. The old European nations that run the EU have renounced that, so NATO is dead and the US and UK must build a new alliance to dfend our freedoms.