Americans such as Benjamin Joffe-Walt and Daniel Pepper who trekked to Iraq to take orders from Saddam's sadists have betrayed their country and effectively renounced their citizenship. Their naivete is not benign. They should no longer be welcome here. And our government should say so.
American human shields who want to retain all the rights and privileges of citizenship will bleat about their free speech rights. Well, it's one thing to paint a peace sign on your soft yellow belly and prance around naked on your college campus. It is quite another to take that belly onto foreign soil to deliberately engage in hostilities against the U.S., and to knowingly sabotage our government's efforts to provide for the common defense.
I agree with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who noted in a letter to Attorney General John Ashcroft this week: "It is my opinion that any American who voluntarily engages in conduct to impede a potential American military operation, and who thereby endangers the lives of our nation's men and women in uniform, is participating in a program designed to weaken the power of the United States to wage war successfully. I strongly believe efforts to impede a potential military operation against Iraq should be strongly dealt with . . . "
Saddam's American buffers have proven themselves to be as willfully treacherous as American al Qaeda enemy combatant John Walker Lindh. The only place that's fit for these stateless turncoats to call home is a detainee bunk bed at Guantanamo Bay.