I think it's made my thinking sharper, because I'm less caught in a web of comfortable, well worn neural pathways. There's a post or twenty on that, but today is about the people who flinched from reality, who refused to let observed phenomena falsify their world view.
Remember Gitmo? Remember the howls of outrage, that we were keeping people there indefinitely; locking them up and throwing away the key? How this was hurting us in the war on terror, because we were squandering the world's admiration? Or something.
We had to let them go. So how's that working out?
Mullah Abdul Qayyum was arrested in 2001, housed at Gitmo, then sent to a prison in Kabul in 2007. Form there, he was released, and is now the number 2 man in the Taliban and the overall military commander in their war with the United States.ASM826 (correctly) points out that in days past, a combatant caught on the field of battle out of uniform would be summarily shot. The Geneva Conventions are, in fact, based on this assumption. The idea that we no longer should do this is a recent invention of the intellectual left, as is the idea that we should not lock them up, either.
This is a new sort of war, that many people can't get their heads around. They're caught by their own philosophy, with their basic premises (everyone has essentially the same motivations) being repeatedly falsified, but unable to reset.
Pity them, but don't let them near the levers of power.