Afghan President Hamid Karzai has made international waves by releasing dozens of dangerous prisoners in an effort to garner favor with the Taliban. According to Fox’s Leland Vittert, these are men who “have the blood of U.S. servicemen on their hands.”
General Jack Keane, a Fox News contributor and all around tough guy, made the argument that this makes as much sense as releasing Nazis after World War 2 as a gesture of peace to the Germans. On the contrary, many of the captured Nazis were hung by the neck.
The U.S. had requested that these terrorists stay behind bars. No one was to be released without the approval of U.S. forces. However, Karzai is seeking to make friends in low places as he realizes that U.S. troops are on the way out and he will be left with the Taliban, one of the most vicious, ruthless organizations on earth.
What’s the Problem?
What I don’t understand is why the U.S. is so upset? Isn’t this right in line with U.S. policy regarding terrorists in Israel? John Kerry should be backing Karzai—not criticizing him!
Since August, Secretary Kerry has pressured Israel to release 104 Palestinian prisoners, nearly all with blood on their hands, in exchange for … well, zilch. Releasing these killers was called a “confidence-building measure.” (You have to wonder, who is getting confident through such idiotic policies?—not Israel.) Just as Palestinians welcomed home their terrorist sons, the Taliban is also laughing, as their fighters come home—just in time for the spring battles.
This is called, “reaping what you sow.” The United States has been more than willing to put Israel’s soldiers, not to mention innocent women and children, in a precarious position, but cries foul when Karzai does the exact same thing to U.S. troops.
Technically, they are right to be mad. It is suicidal to release these Taliban fighters. They will no doubt return to the battlefield. Not only will U.S. soldiers be at risk, but also Afghani women and children. But how can President Obama and John Kerry think that Palestinian terrorists whom they pressured Israel to release will not return to fight another day—or be used as inspiration to young would-be terrorists? You can’t have your cake and eat it too!
Hopefully Israel will grow a backbone and stop kowtowing to Kerry’s threats. Last week in Germany he seemed to almost threaten Israel, saying that if we missed this opportunity for peace—the “Kerry” opportunity—we would be even more isolated than we presently are; that we should expect more boycotts and divestments. Thanks for encouraging the enemy! The problem is that he makes no declarations to the Palestinians, who have been offered a state by Israel on three different occasions—and said “No!” each time.
Sadly, it may only be when an American soldier is killed by one of Karzai’s released prisoners, that the Obama administration sees the lunacy of their policy towards Israel. But from what I have seen over the past five years—even that most likely won’t change their hypocrisy.
Footnote: For those who don’t know me, I am an Israeli American and I equally hold in high esteem the soldiers of both of my homelands.
Israeli soldiers carry the coffin, wrapped in an Israeli flag, of Ehud Goldwasser during his funeral in a military cemetery at Nahariya, (c) Israel today.