America was supposedly devoid of moral credibility on account of the long term al Qaeda detentions at Guantanamo Bay. But at least they’re behind bars.
Europe has shown many times that it cannot be trusted to deal forcefully with terrorists. It is a weak place with a weak will and a lax criminal justice system. Germany, recall, released one of the Hamburg Cell. Many other terrorists have been released from European prisons after very short sentences. And, now, not only has one of the Lockerbie Bombers been released–a murderer of 259 people(!)–but the West was further humiliated with his hero’s welcome in Libya.
What does this prove? It proves that Europe is too cowardly and too irresolute to be trusted to punish or detain terrorists. It proves that the constant moralizing of Western Europe in particular should be taken with a grain of salt; it is much worse to reveal oneself and one’s society as a decadent mess one breath from extinction than to have excessive zeal in defending one’s women and children. Finally, it proves that the Arab Muslim world, in spite of its occasional noises of moderation, is still a backwards and uncivilized place unable categorically to condemn the murderers of innocents.