Barack Obama noted that the United States has, in the recent past, been remiss in granting:
The same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago – there’s no reason why we can’t restore that.
-Barack Obama Al Arabiya interview, Jan 27, 2009
It might have been useful for Obama to provide us with an example or two of the partnership he would like to restore. Here are just a few he could not have cited:
The 1979 seizure of the US Embassy in Tehran and holding of American captives until 1981. An event still celebrated in Iran.
The Lebanon hostage crisis spanning the decade from 1982 to 1992.
The hijacking of TWA Flight 847 in 1985.
The Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 Over Lockerbie in 1988.
The 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.
In effect, the Justice Department puts the prosecution of individual perpetrators–with all the rights to a fair trial guaranteed by the U.S. judicial system–above America’s national security interest in determining who may be behind terrorist attacks.
And here is a late breaking reminder of what happens with terrorists, even when convicted, under normal procedures of the US Justice system. Remember Khalid Duhham al-Jawary? Neither does Obama.