Thursday, March 09, 2006

Got to get him healthy so he can go back to planning murder

If Rudolf Hoess had become sick in 1943 do you think the British government would have allowed him to visit for medical treatment so that he could return to Auschwitz and get on with the business at hand? Why do I ask? Because the head of intelligence for the Sudanese government, complicit in the deaths of tens of thousands of people in Darfur, was recently given entry into Britain to receive medical care.

Of course, this isn't the first time Salah Abdallah Gosh has received special treatment. Having been a good buddy of Osama's while the al-Qaeda leader was in Sudan, he has since come to be an ally in the war on terror and the U.S. government has lobbied to protect him from sanctions.

I'm not naive enough to pretend that fighting Islamist terrorism won't require Western governments to make deals with some rather unpleasant people. But you have to draw the line somewhere and, call me a pie-eyed idealist, maybe making friends with genocidal killers should be that place.

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