Beyond belief: Yemen releases Cole bomber after he promises to ix-nay the ihad-jay

posted at 12:12 pm on October 26, 2007 by Allahpundit

He’d “escaped” from prison twice before, don’tcha know, once in April 2003 and again in February 2006. I predicted last summer that he’d “escape” a third time, doubtless with the help of his “captors.” And so he has, basically.

Except this time, he has the government’s blessing.

The official said police were told by the government to “stop all previous orders concerning measures adopted against al-Badawi.”

Witnesses told The Associated Press that al-Badawi was receiving well-wishers at his home in the al-Buraika district in Aden.

The Interior Ministry said earlier that al-Badawi voluntarily gave himself up to police, but media reports said tribal chiefs mediated his surrender after he renounced terrorism and pledged allegiance to the Yemeni leader…

Yemen does not have a law that criminalizes Jihad, or holy war. Detainees remain in prison until they either renounce their commitment to Jihad or are released under pressure from family and human rights groups.

Since the suicide attack in July that killed eight Spanish tourists visiting an ancient Yemeni temple, President Saleh has said in several interviews with local papers that al Qaeda had reached a truce with the government.

This is the second example in five days of the Yemeni government releasing someone who’s taken up arms against the United States in the name of Islam. Saudi Arabia and Iran take a lot of much deserved abuse in the blogosphere but Yemen, for whatever reason, flies almost completely under the radar even while it routinely opens its cages to let animals like this roam free. The stark exception to that is Jane at the Jawa Report, who writes about the country regularly. Spend some time with this post, especially the section about the Cole bombers being tipped off, to get a sense of how rancid is the complicity between the regime and its jihadist subjects. Springing them from prison via “escapes” is the least of it. Quote: “In an interview after he defected to the UK, Commander Ahmed Al-Hassani said that President Saleh knew in advance of the bombing. Al-Hassani pointed out that the night before the bombing, President Saleh sent his Interior Minister and Political Security Minister from the capital Sana’a to Aden where the USS Cole was bombed hours later.”


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Great “partner in the war on terror” we’ve got there.

I think this sums up Yemen’s cooperation strategy with us:
Insert knife in back. Twist. Repeat.

CP on October 26, 2007 at 12:21 PM

Sounds like an opportunity for a Predator.

oilbertan on October 26, 2007 at 12:21 PM

Yemen does not have a law that criminalizes Jihad, or holy war.

Why would they? They have Sharia…

Miss_Anthrope on October 26, 2007 at 12:27 PM

Oh, wonderful…

amerpundit on October 26, 2007 at 12:29 PM

Pinky swear?

ronsfi on October 26, 2007 at 12:29 PM

Sounds like an opportunity for a Predator.

oilbertan on October 26, 2007 at 12:21 PM

Yeah, he should be careful out there. Things just JUMP OUT AT YA!

CurtZHP on October 26, 2007 at 12:29 PM

oilbertan on October 26, 2007 at 12:21 PM

I’d suggest a test run of “The Reaper.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MQ-9_Reaper

Texas Nick 77 on October 26, 2007 at 12:33 PM

Has Reid and Pelosi praised this event yet? The Champagne corks will be popping tonight. One of their own freed!

roninacreage on October 26, 2007 at 1:00 PM

Sigh… it’s gotten to the point that I can’t even pretend to be shocked or even mildly surprised that they’d do such a thing.

I’d like to think that there are Arab Muslim countries who have at least the potential to be true allies against terrorism, but that’s getting harder and harder to believe.

Hollowpoint on October 26, 2007 at 1:02 PM

I’d like to think that there are Arab Muslim countries who have at least the potential to be true allies against terrorism, but that’s getting harder and harder to believe.

Hollowpoint on October 26, 2007 at 1:02 PM

Yep, just like I keep hoping that “moderate muslims” exist who will step up and fight their extremist counterparts. I’ve pretty much given up on that one too.

4shoes on October 26, 2007 at 1:24 PM

I agree with Hollowpoint.

It is hard to be an enemy of your friend. No doubt the Yemen government offered him the opportunity to convert to islam. When he confessed he already believed they had no choice but to declare a truce, and throw a party.

entagor on October 26, 2007 at 1:28 PM

Did he cross his heart and hope to die?

lan astaslem on October 26, 2007 at 2:03 PM

Congratulations on your freedom my jihad brother, now you live to kill yourself another day.

Praise Allah.

fogw on October 26, 2007 at 2:10 PM

This is why we throw their sorry asses in Gito and the only way out is via casket.

Wade on October 26, 2007 at 2:41 PM

I think we should look the little shit up and kill him.

mcgilvra on October 26, 2007 at 3:07 PM

I see a Nobel Peace prize nomination in his future.
/sarc – and probably not too far from the truth these days.

Kini on October 26, 2007 at 3:52 PM

Hopefully America keeps track of this guy and has a bomb ready.

SoulGlo on October 26, 2007 at 5:05 PM