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US Free 260 Captives/Week For Ramadan

From an elated Washington Post:

Action Coincides With Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan

By Walter Pincus and Megan Greenwell
Sunday, September 23, 2007; A20

In the first week of a special program during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the U.S. military released 260 Iraqi detainees from U.S. prisons, the military said Wednesday, compelling each to take a pledge before an Iraqi judge not to engage in misconduct and requiring a family member or a friend to act as a guarantor who would face sanctions if the pledge is broken.

The initiative “is designed to deter detainees from engaging in misconduct after their release,” said a military statement released Sept. 13, at the start of the program.

The released detainees “are tracked, and if they act outside the law, they are turned over to the Iraqi judicial system,” Rear Adm. Mark I. Fox, a U.S. military spokesman, told reporters in Baghdad last week.

The Ramadan program is part of a joint U.S.-Iraqi venture called Lion’s Paw, and it is intended to step up the normally slow pace of detainee releases, to between 50 and 80 Iraqis per day, until the holy month ends Oct. 13, according to the military announcement.

Marine Maj. Gen. Douglas Stone, commander of U.S. detainee operations in Iraq, told bloggers in a roundtable Tuesday that the United States currently holds 25,000 Iraqis in detention facilities in Iraq, and as the U.S. counteroffensive strategy continues, an additional 15,000 could be brought in. He said more than 80 percent of the detainees are Sunnis, although the number of Shiites is rising “because of the major push here in the Shia parts of Baghdad.” Stone also said that “we’re seeing about 25 percent [of the detainees] right now that probably are okay to be released.”

Stone told the bloggers that during Monday’s ceremony, “we had a mother so overjoyed she fainted.” Detainees offered release, he added, became “just over-ecstatic that they get to make a choice” of which gate to use to depart.

The Ramadan release initiative is one of many programs that Stone has instituted since he took over control of the detainee system. He has introduced moderate Islamic clerics to teach “religious enlightenment” and has launched other education programs for the detainees, some of whom are as young as 11. He describes it as part of waging war in “the battlefield of the mind” in Iraq.

Stone told the bloggers that since he took over, he has released very few detainees up to now, and he believes that has been a factor in restraining Sunni violence. “I’m not out here, you know, for social work. . . . We’re out here because war is an act of force, and we’re going to compel this enemy to do our will.”

As for religious extremists, who appear to be at the root of Sunni and Shiite opposition to the U.S. presence, Stone said: “Our will is that the moderates are going to win out. And so everybody that’s in my detention is either going to go out doing that, because that’s what our will is, or they’re not going out.”

Major General Stone sounds like a complete idiot.

[C]ompelling each to take a pledge before an Iraqi judge not to engage in misconduct…

Of course Islamic doctrine commands Muslims to lie to infidels. Indeed, lying is a moral obligation when doing so would advance jihad, as it would in these cases. (Cf. Taqiyyah.)

[A]nd requiring a family member or a friend to act as a guarantor who would face sanctions if the pledge is broken…

So we are taking hostages now? And will we kill said hostages should any of them kill some of our soldiers?

If not, what exactly is the good of this?

The initiative “is designed to deter detainees from engaging in misconduct after their release” …

By showing them how quickly they will be released when they are caught?

Sure, that will have a strong deterrent effect. You bet.

Detainees offered release, he added, became “just over-ecstatic that they get to make a choice” of which gate to use to depart.

How very touching.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, September 23rd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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