Who do you believe?

Dave Zweifel of the Capitol Times in Wisconsin weighs in on the situation at Gitmo with a story from a call on show about former Nazis who were POW's in Wisconsin:


Becker recalled that when he was in Germany as a 22-year-old back in 1965, he sometimes wore his University of Wisconsin sweatshirt.

"That shirt brought surprisingly many ex-Wehrmacht soldiers to me who told me that they had been held as POWs in my state during World War II," he said.

And when he asked them what it was like, the response was always how well they had been treated. Indeed, during my years at The Capital Times, there have been several instances of Germans writing us to nostalgically recall their days in one of the many German POW camps in Wisconsin, including a huge one just south of the current Fort McCoy near Sparta.

"Hearing of that humane treatment made me proud to be an American, and that humane treatment contributed to the good will extended to Americans in Europe at the time," Becker added.

It's doubtful that any of those Afghans or Iraqis being held in Guantanamo or Abu Ghraib will seek out young Americans some day to tell them how humanely they were treated.

Zweifel has a short memory. Many of the detainees who were released early on from Gitmo praised their treatment which included better meals, and sanitation than they had apparently ever had. One young Afghan said he wanted to go to the US as soon as he could. Most of the compliants lately have been from the hard corp al Qaeda operatives who have been trained to make exactly the kind of complaints that have been heard recently. This raises the question of who are you going to believe, a group that has sworn to kill every American they can, or those who are trying to stop them.

I'll give the benefit of the doubt to those who are on my side in this war. Apparently the antiwar pukes would rather believe the enemy.


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