, Salem, MA


June 23, 2014

Letter: Outraged by Bergdahl exchange

To the editor:

I am outraged at the exchange of five senior Taliban leaders for the soldier Bowe Bergdahl, who allegedly walked off his duty station and badmouthed the United States. News reports indicate he was a deserter and/or AWOL.

As lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have pointed out, by conceding to these demands, this deal makes U.S. soldiers, as well as American civilians, vulnerable to kidnapping by Islamic terrorists across the world. President Barack Obama’s strange assertion that Qatar can be relied upon to contain these Taliban leaders is laughable given that Qatar is led by a nondemocratic, monarch-styled emirate who does not afford citizens freedom of the press, espouses Islamic Sharia law, financially supports the terrorist organization Hamas and supports the Muslim Brotherhood. Qatar sponsors Al Jazeera, which has a long history of bias in favor of the Islamist violent, supremacist agenda.

This deal was part of Obama’s poorly considered policy of attempting to close Guantanamo Bay. Releasing these five criminals will cause mayhem and destruction in years to come! Please support hearings on this matter and make it clear that this kind of deal should never happen again.

Carol Denbo


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