Three years ago, Abdullah Saleh al-Ajmi, a Kuwaiti soldier who deserted to fight in Afghanistan alongside the Taliban, sat in a detention cell at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, while lawyers argued whether he was an "enemy combatant."
Last week, a Dubai-based television channel reported that al-Ajmi was killed carrying out a homicide bombing in Mosul, Iraq.
This is a prime example of why Camp Delta needs to stay open and why these people should be treated as the unlawful combatants that they are instead of pretending they are ordinary criminals who should be given access to American courts. As has been proven yet again, the people being held at Camp Delta cannot be rehabilitated - we let some of them out, and they return to the battlefield. Following the Geneva Conventions, we have every right to summarily execute them on the field of battle. But, we don't do that; yes, we incarcerate them (so they can't kill our soldiers or innocent civilians), but they have "3 hots and a cot", access to some of the best medical care available, and lawyers to represent them in military tribunals. Those who call for "closing Gitmo" need to do a serious reality check.