A fascinating look last night by intrepid NBC reporter Richard Engel on a halfway house for convicted al-Qaeda criminals in Saudi Arabia. The recidivism rate (return to terrorist/criminal activity) so far? 0%.
Worldview has more, but it merely reiterates the point I made last week regarding the Terrorist-Industrial Complex. These guys are criminals; the “Manson Family in turbans;” the “Syndicate in the Sand.” How many Soviet or Nazi prisoners of war were “rehabilitated”? How many North Vietnamese or Iraqi Republican Guard soldiers were “rehabilitated”?
If these al-Qaeda were members of an “army” or “enemy combatants” or whatever term you want to use, you wouldn’t be able to “rehabilitate” them along the lines of the way we rehabilitate our criminals in society. And so far, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and probably several other countries are showing that some of these guys can, indeed, be rehabilitated.
The point remains: these guys are criminals. Let’s keep that and their so-called “threat potential” in perspective.
Cross posted from AoF