That Mullah Abdullah Zakir, a former inmate at Guantanamo Bay, is now a Taliban commander is a huge propaganda coup for those who believe we need to give up some of our freedom if we are to defeat those who would take our freedom away.
Mullah Abdullah Zakir is now free to wage war on British troops and that’s what he’s chosen to do.
And that makes it all the more important that those of us who take pleasure in the closure of Guantanamo Bay stand up and justify our position. Pentagon claims that eleven per-cent of ex-Guantanamo Bay detainees are now involved in terrorist activity are disputed, but arguing over figures is not the way to go. Some will say that the death of just one British soldier is too many.
No legal system is perfect. There will always be miscarriages of justice and there will always be instances where the guilty get off. In agreeing the principles or our approach, we need to consider which is worse; to lock up a greater proportion of the guilty in the knowledge that some innocents will be imprisoned alongside them or to minimise the risk of imprisoning innocents in the knowledge some guilty will escape justice.
Those who support Guantanamo Bay (and so presumably accept the Pentagon’s statistics), appear to believe that a justice system in which 89 per cent of inmates are not guilty is okay.
Not only is that figure is too high for me, it is almost certainly too high for those susceptible to radicalisation. It exposes Western, and particularly US, justice and the rule of law as a myth. Having exposed the rule of law as a myth, it provides justification to those who wish to wage war.