Reason First: Should John Walker Lindh Be Shunned?
The purported 'American Taliban' represents a United States male let off of by three years from a 20-year sentence.
That this male has been released on good behavior is an injustice to people who wish to live their lives free of worry. While the “War on Terror” actually means nothing because you can’t wage war on an inanimate object, a better term would be a War on Jihadism. And Lindh is a prime example of a person who should be serving a life sentence for his crime of aiding the Taliban. There ought to be no sympathy for a derelict criminal who lent his support to one of the most notorious organizations ever founded. With his release, Lindh will be able to breathe air in somewhat freedom. The element of the law ought to reconsider what a threat this man poses to rational individuals.
If drug manufacturers and dealers receive consecutive life sentences, surely a low life like Lindh should’ve remained behind bars. For him to come out of the barbed wire walls into relative freedom displays an injustice to all of the convicts who are serving 50 to thousands of years sentenced for non-violent crimes.
His positioning in the Taliban’s framework may have been minor, but that does not mean that he still does not harbor those same vicious ideologies passed down to him. Lindh is no real American, despite his infamous title. He might be (for now) a United States resident, but he does not embody the ideals or reason, individualism, and capitalism. He comes across as a wimp and vicious louse all at the same time. To support the entity that would shelter the group that plotted the September 11th attacks means that Lindh’s “personal discovery” pales in comparison to the massive blow to the most moral country in human history.
It has been reported that other people who shared or continue to share Lindh’s ideology will be let out over the next few years. This spells an ugly view that these criminals should experience elements of liberty. While an ongoing war against Jihadism continues, Lindh will be, of course, monitored and restricted from using the internet. Such measures are not enough. Why? Some prisoners get limited access to the web on the inside of the prison walls. The Taliban supporter will be barred from leaving the country and cannot seek asylum in Ireland, where he is a citizen.
What this whole story demonstrates is the abysmal corrections department that is currently instituted in this country. Lindh will resume his life on the outside while thousands of men and women perished on 9/11, in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and in fighting ISIS. This tawdry excuse for a human being gets to walk free while there exist even more thousands of Americans injured that summer day in 2001, and in the aforementioned wars.
The best thing for folks to do is to socially ostracize Lindh. That means he gets no haircuts, buys no groceries, and purchases no vehicles owned by private business owners. For his actions, Lindh should have to suffer for all of the charges brought against him in supporting the Taliban. He will have to scrounge in misery or allow his remaining family like his father, Frank Lindh, to allow him to subsist. No amount of apologies or regrets can atone for Lindh’s role in the infamous Taliban.
May he forever be followed for his charges and the fact the he should have spent the rest of his life in a cell. Because of the fact that, the American criminal system is so broken, it has permitted a true criminal that represents an evil set of ideas to taste a bit of freedom. The search for justice within this tangled bureaucracy continues.