Our armed forces are taking prisoners in the war on terrorism, which is a good thing. But now civil rights groups and some other nations are questioning the treatment the prisoners are receiving from our military.
The images of shackled prisoners being brought to the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba may not be easy to watch. But this is war. Those who have been captured are prisoners of war and they still represent a danger to those whose job it is to guard them.
We agree the prisoners have to be treated humanely and in accordance with the Geneva Convention and the U.S. Constitution. If we do not do so, then we are no better than the villains for whom these men fought. We think the POWs are being treated in a just and humane manner. While they may be in open-air cells, it is tropical Cuba we are talking about. The POWs are not being kept outdoors in some freezing climate where their health is at risk, as was the case before they were pulled from caves, bunkers and battlefields by our troops. The prisoners are allowed to practice their religion and are not being denied food or water