Thursday, January 06, 2005



The Left is calling for a cessation on sending anyone to Egypt, on the grounds that the Egyptian government might torture them:

Guantanamo Detainee Sues to Stop Transfer to Egypt

Mamdouh Habib is a detainee at Guantanamo. He came here from Egypt in 2001 where he alleges he was The tortured for six months.
The court petition said that while in prison in Egypt Mr. Habib was subjected to regular beatings, electric shocks and attacks by dogs. During his imprisonment, he confessed to several crimes, and his lawyer said that those coerced confessions had been used by American military authorities at Guantánamo to deem Mr. Habib properly detained there as an unlawful enemy combatant.
Habib filed suit in November in federal court in Washington to block his transfer back to Egypt. The case was unsealed yesterday. The Times reports it is not known if the U.S. plans to send him to Egypt.


The federal court needs to demand a response from the Government. If there are any plans to send detainees to countries that use torture, it needs to come out and it needs to be stopped.
Here's the rub: if Egypt has a horrible government that does such things to no compelling purpose (e.g. they don't have to do so to prevent an ambush, or a nuke going off, a la Hollywood), then:

1. the man should not be sent back there


2. No weight whatsoever should be accorded Egypt's vote in the UN until they can show proof that the prepetrators of the crime are being prosecuted.

Can't have one w/out the other. You can spin it if you like (e.g. moral equivalence spins) but you really can't go for #1 above w/out also supporting #2.

Do you?