Thursday, January 29, 2009

At the Saudi "Betty Ford Clinic" for Recovering Jihadis ...

... if you're not in recovery, you're in denial.

Nine Saudi Islamic militants, including former Guantanamo inmates, have been rearrested in the Kingdom despite completing a controversial rehabilitation programme.

The arrests follow the embarrassing revelation last week that another Saudi Guantanamo Bay detainee who was released to the authorities in 2007 has emerged as the deputy leader of al-Qaeda’s Yemeni branch of the terrorist organisation.

Complete with co-dependents, enablers, and all sorts of Dr. Phil no-nos, should we really be surprised to learn of recidivism -- err, falling off the wagon? Certainly de-programming fanatical jihadists is a worthy and laudable goal, but putting them right back in the environment that nurtured their fanaticism is analogous to holding AA meetings in a bar.

And then there's this nugget to ponder.

The rearrest of nine Saudi militants has also underlined the dilemma now facing governments with nationals still being detained in Guantanamo Bay, following President Obama’s decision to close the camp.

Hands up if you want to rent a room in your basement to the Khadr kid.

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