Putting It In Perspective

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Thursday, June 02, 2005

Putting It In Perspective

June 2, 2005

Once in a while, a high official states the obvious.

After months of complaints from reporters and interest groups about alleged mistreatment of prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba detention facilities, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has set the record straight.

Appearing on Fox News sunday, General Richard Myers denied that the terror suspects are being mistreated.

He called a Newsweek report that a Koran had been flushed down a toilet “absolutely irresponsible.”

Of the detainees, he said they are the kind of people, if released, who would “turn around and slit our throats (and) slit our children’s throats.”

The General said “this is a different kind of struggle, a different kind of war.”

General Myers said the military had detained 68,000 people since the September 11, 2001 terror attacks and investigated 325 complaints of mistreatment.

He said 100 cases of mistreatment have been discovered and 100 people have been punished.

That’s putting it into perspective.

How many terrorist acts, including beheadings, have been punished?

The answer is none.

Just to put it in perspective.

I’m Cal Thomas.

Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time