Notice the one thing that is missing from this story?
Sitting cross-legged on the cushioned floor of a family friend’s house, Mohammed Jawad furrowed his brow and fidgeted nervously as he struggled to explain his extraordinary ordeal over the past seven years.
In December 2002, when he says he was only 12, he was arrested on suspicion of throwing a grenade into a Jeep carrying US special forces soldiers through Kabul, wounding two of them and an interpreter. He was taken first to an airbase north of Kabul, then to the US prison in Guantánamo Bay, where he remained until his release a few days ago after a ruling by a US judge that his confession had been obtained by force.
One of the youngest and most controversial prisoners in Guantánamo, Mr Jawad is now finally a free man after being flown back to Kabul on Monday and reunited with his family and friends.
But after seven years in custody — six of them in Guantánamo — he faces a long struggle to pick up the pieces of his lost childhood and teenage years, and to build a future for himself in a country still at war with the Taleban.
No where -- not in the excerpt or in the rest of the article -- is there a single denial of the reason he was picked up in the first place. There is no denial that he attempted to kill American soldiers. And frankly, I don't care if he was 12, 17, or 127 -- if you try to kill American soldiers in a combat zone, that should be the end of the discussion. You don't get a trial -- you stay locked up forever, assuming the troops don't kill you on the spot. After all, your ass is fair game if you engage in making war on the United States, as this scumbag clearly did.