Tony Blair and the British government want special treatment for British illegal combatants.

The British government has said it would be unacceptable for Moazzam Begg, 35, and Feroz Abbasi, 23, to be denied a fair trial, and has said it has "strong reservations" about such a military tribunal.

Britain is opposed to the death penalty and the Blair government said it would raise the strongest possible objections to any chance of capital punishment being applied in the Britons' cases.

The Brits have proven their friendship time and again, and I would have no problem releasing these prisoners into their custody. Although that would probably mean that the prisoners would get lighter treatment than they would if tried by a US military tribunal, if the Brits want to spend some of the friendship-capital they've earned on their behalf, I think we should smile and hand them over.

When other countries complain that their citizens aren't getting the same treatment, and when we refuse (for example) to hand the French illegal combatants over to France, it won't be hard to justify: sorry, that's only for our allies.

Meanwhile, we've released 37 prisoners from Gitmo. I hope the civil libertarians are taking note. (Noticed via Drudge.)



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