The terrorists at GuantÃ¡namo knew the American by the name â€œStashiu.â€ Readers of this blog know him as â€œStashiu3.â€ Stashiu has been reading and commenting on this blog since July 2006, but only recently mentioned that he had been stationed in GuantÃ¡namo. When I read that, back on September 17, I immediately e-mailed Stashiu to ask him if he would be willing to speak with me on the record about GuantÃ¡namo, and let me publish the results of our conversation. He agreed, and this series of posts is the result.
Although I know Stashiuâ€™s real name, I am not going to publish it. Stashiu has received death threats from around a dozen Al Qaeda members. Some of the threats have been made in anger, some have been attempts to intimidate â€” and some have been simple statements of intent . . . like the detainee who threatened to have Zarqawi cut off the heads of Stashiu and his family.
This detainee had talked with Stashiu for hours about his life, mentioning Zarqawi twice during these conversations. He liked Stashiu. But as Michael Corleone said to his brother: â€œItâ€™s not personal, Sonny. Itâ€™s strictly business.â€
Because killing Americans is what terrorists do.
While Stashiu doesnâ€™t expect to see any of these detainees again when he retires from the service, he knows that, if he ever does, he has been targeted. He does not believe that terrorists have any particular interest in tracking him down. But just in case they do â€” and because his family has been threatened â€” he has decided to remain anonymous here. Accordingly, just as when he served at GuantÃ¡namo, he will be known here simply as â€œStashiu.â€
So begins an extraordinary series of posts by Patterico. Read ’em; part 2 is here. That is all.
Update! Okay, another crucial bit to whet your appetite — and your knives:
Iâ€™ll end this part of the interview with a question I consider critical. Does the enemy think they are going to win this war?
Stashiu gave me a detailed answer, but made it clear that it is his opinion â€” not a statement of the beliefs of the detainees with whom he has spoken. Still, since he has talked to the detainees for hours, it is probably worth paying attention to his opinion. Stashiuâ€™s view is this:
In my opinion, most of them are sincere in their belief they will win for the following reasons:
a. They are told they are assured of victory by their religion. They are raised with the belief that Islam is destined to become the dominant way of life for this planet. No matter how long it takes, it is inevitable. Once Islam is supreme, there will be no war, crime, poverty, or need. These are frequent talking points every Friday in the mosques.
b. Their leaders consistently stress that jihad is working and our culture is a hollow shell. They point to VietNam, Somalia, 9/11, Madrid (both the bombings and the elections immediately following), and the anti-war propagandists here in the United States…The jihadists are constantly told that America is weak-willed and will turn and run if they can be inflicted with enough damage and peace can be delayed long enough.
Emphasis mine. Thanks a pantload, “peace” punks. You encourage the terrorists by proving them at least partially right with your every pathetic, defeatist, BDS-inspired bleat.