• From: Eric Yost <eyost1132@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 11 Jun 2006 15:01:11 -0400

Rather than following John Wager's tack of identifying with a wrongfully accused person sent to Gitmo, I would identify with those whose lives have been saved by having the enemy combatants in the slammer or dead. Since we are at war, I would rather err on the side of winning the war than on the side of abstraction and sentiment.

For that reason, I think we should execute all the guilty people there, as enemy combatants, after having extracted whatever information we need from them.

A truly outstanding Democrat President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, convened a military tribunal on July 2, 1942 that sentenced eight "enemy combatants" to death. Two had their sentences commuted, and six were executed on August 8, 1942 in Washington, D.C.

So to follow FDR's lead, we could bring them here, try them, and execute those convicted of being "enemy combatants."

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