- - Wednesday, June 4, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The Obama administration has declared that the end of the war in Afghanistan is at hand, and we are told that when wars end, there is a swap of prisoners (“Bowe Bergdahl, bad bargain,” Web, June 2). Yet, over the past few years, senior members of the Obama administration have described the five Guantanamo Bay prisoners being “swapped” for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl as war criminals responsible for the deaths of thousands of civilians. The United Nations has declared two of the released prisoners war criminals who have committed atrocities.

Civilized nations have in the past treated those who committed crimes against humanity differently than the grunt with a rifle on the battlefield. After World War II ended, President Truman and the Allies had a different plan for war criminals: death by hanging. On Oct. 1, 1946, 11 Nazi war criminals were sentenced to death in Nuremburg, Germany. On Dec. 23, 1948, Japan’s Gen. Tojo and six other war criminals of Imperial Japan were hanged in Tokyo. Many other Axis war criminals spent the remainder of their lives in prison.

The fate of these five terrorists should have either been death by hanging or life in prison with no chance of parole. However, our president had a different plan: sending these war criminals back to their families so they can spend the next year under house arrest, where they can work out plans for their next atrocity.

EDWARD NICHOLS

Montgomery Village

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