A brief review of history suggests that, in the face of violence, the presidents and people have been more pragmatic than ideological. They (we) all embrace the loftier vision when death and destruction are not immanent.
for the sake of argument, let's suppose we release the folks whom are believed ot be a threat but for whom no overt actions are ascribed. Let's suppose of those 40-odd men, 10% return to the fight.
That's just 4 guys, what could they do?
That is where the "hard work" half of that 'principles and hard work' formula comes in. If we argue that 10% of bad guys are going to, again be bad guys, and we want to be SAFE, we should just lockup everyone that has had a criminal record and throw away the key. That would begin to safeguard that issue but would also not be in line with our justice system.
If we are suppose to live in fear of what those four guys are going to do, there must be an entire cadre of folks wadded up in a corner whimpering about what those other 100 or 12 or 50 or 300 are going to do. The Fear, Uncertainty and Dread crowd that winds up much of the rightwing blogsphere certainly try to scare them. Or maybe some of the ones WE created by blowing up Iraq. We displaced millions and caused a civil war that has lasted half a decade. Surely a few hundred Iraqi are somewhat pissed at us. What could they do?
If we live in fear, afraid to stand by our principles Al Qaeda has won, hands down. If we live in fear, ready to compromise everything, we have lost everything. Guess who won.
I am not particularly ready to capitulate to an enemy that has struck this country just twice since 1993.