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Sound the Call: Pardon American Troops!

Abu Sufian Ibrahim Ahmed Hamuda bin Qumu’s participation in the September 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi is one of the most recent examples of jihadist recidivism. And while it highlights just how badly subverted America is it also should serve as a glaring reminder that the U.S. should pardon all American troops who have been convicted of so-called war crimes since the Global War on Terrorism began.

The Daily Beast recently published, “Why Was My Son Killed in Fallujah—and His Murderer Set Free?” and revealed an all-too familiar and horrifying story:

The Iraqi sniper who killed Captain John McKenna and Lance Cpl. Michael Glover was later captured by their fellow Marines who honored the fallen commander’s principles by bringing in their captive without so much as a scratch or bruise.

The sniper was subsequently freed by the Iraqi government and he might even now be back in Fallujah with the Al Qaeda forces that have taken the city where McKenna and Glover and so many other fine Americans died.

Stories like these will continue as Iraq, America, and other nations free Islamic terrorists.

It’s regrettable that America participates in such a barbaric practice but that barbarism becomes even worse when considering that America imprisons its own troops when it finds them guilty of “war crimes”.

TMZ recently released photos allegedly depicting U.S. Marines in Fallujah during 2004. The troops in the photos don’t appear to be doing anything outrageous for a war zone but some people claim they do and the Department of Defense is investigating them.

The DOD investigation may result in nothing. But then again it may result in the government bringing charges against American troops. And those charges could result in more troops serving prison time for so-called war crimes.

In other words, even as the U.S. releases Islamic terrorists who are returning to jihad it may eventually imprison U.S. troops for actions on the battlefield ten years ago.

Diana West has been one of the leaders in documenting the atrocity of America convicting and imprisoning her own troops because they defended the nation:

I wonder if these men ever realize that their most grievous crime in the eyes of their country’s leaders is, in fact, their own survival. After all, acting may have saved their lives where hesitation might have ended them. In death, their leaders would hang their heads and mourn, at least a little. But after these men broke the “rules of engagement,” those sacraments of counterinsurgency (COIN) doctrine, the leaders they served sought to punish them to the maximum extent of the law.

Meanwhile, thousands and thousands of jihadists from the same battlefields have long been granted clemency by Uncle Sam.

If we can grant clemency to Islamic terrorists, why can’t we pardon American troops?

That question becomes even more urgent when considering that the Obama administration recently commuted the sentences of eight drug offenders and granted an early release to Lynne Stewart, a terrorist sympathizer.

On top of this, people on the left and right side of the political aisle are rallying in support of American traitors Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden. The Guardian even published a column calling for clemency for them.

Obama has just threatened to use his pen to “sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions” that violate the Constitution. So why can’t he and his administration use his pen legally to grant pardons to all the American troops who are rotting in prison and who have been convicted of so-called war crimes in the defense of the nation?

In fact they can. And if enough Americans raise their voices and get the attention of the ruling class they can make it happen.

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Paul Hair

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