Columnist Charles Krauthammer argued that “the idea of Guantanamo, as recruiting a tool for ISIS or al Qaeda is nonsense,” and “9/11 happened before Gitmo ever existed” on Thursday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel.
“The idea of Guantanamo, as recruiting a tool for ISIS or al Qaeda is nonsense, do you think that the guys who killed the journalists in Paris were inspired by Gitmo? Do you think the guy[s] who had the hostages in the Jewish deli in Paris were inspired by Gitmo? 9/11 happened before Gitmo ever existed. They have a list of grievances, which is as long as the day, and Gitmo sits somewhere in the middle of that list. Remove it, and there [are] a dozen items that will fill it. These people are inspired, and recruited by their objection to our way of life and the fact that we defend our way of life around the world. And they believe in Islamist supremism, where Sharia rules, they are in charge, and they run the world the way it’s run today in ISIS territory in the Islamic State. Gitmo makes no difference whatsoever, there can be other arguments against Gitmo, I think they’re very weak, but this recruitment idea is preposterous” he said.
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