The Corner

I’d Rather Be in Gitmo

This time of year, normal people are seeking out the best beaches. (Renowned beachologist Dr. Stephen Leatherman is recommending Caladesi Island in Florida). Those of us who are not quite so normal are wondering about the worst places to be a terrorist.

According to Foreign Policy magazine “the French actually have some of the world’s toughest and arguably most effective antiterrorism laws.” In France, investigators overseen by magistrates have “unprecedented powers” to monitor suspects and can detain them for days without charges. “France is also not shy about deporting Muslim clerics it views as threatening.”

Singapore’s Army has been given “wide-ranging powers to pursue terrorists domestically.”

Russia has largely succeeded in pacifying Chechnya thanks to a “ruthless campaign of military suppression.”

Also on the FP list are Jordan and Egypt. Not on the list: the U.S. and Israel.

Clifford D. MayClifford D. May is an American journalist and editor. He is the president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative policy institute created shortly after the 9/11 attacks, ...

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