If only there were a conspiracy to blame, but there isn’t. It would be comforting, in a perverse way, to discover a home video showing Scottish Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill, CIA Director Leon Panetta and the bosses of Yale University Press smoking cigars and playing cards with Muammar Gaddafi.  

But there is no conspiracy, only a rampant loss of will to defend freedom in the West.  Today’s release of the long-awaited CIA Inspector General’s report on terrorist interrogations rides close upon the heels of Scotland’s “compassionate” release of a terrorist mass-murderer and an act of self-censorship by Yale Press that are, each in its turn, acts of surrender to the terrorist nations that war against us.

Abdel Basset Ali Al-Megrahi — an agent of Libyan intelligence — was found guilty of putting a bomb on board Pan Am flight 103 in December 1988, resulting in an explosion that killed 270 people, including 189 Americans on board and 11 Scots on the ground below.  Last week’s decision by MacAskill to free Megrahi was an act of phony compassion.  

Fresh from his declaration that in August, Washington was all “wee-weed up,” President Obama managed to harrumph that the hero’s welcome afforded Megrahi in Tripoli was “highly objectionable.”  

The only real objection to the release came from FBI Director Robert Mueller, who wrote in an open letter to MacAskill that the release of Megrahi, “gives comfort to terrorists around the world who now believe that regardless of the quality of the investigation … the terrorist will be freed by one man’s exercise of ‘compassion."  It is, Mueller wrote, “…as inexplicable as it is detrimental to the cause of justice. Indeed your action makes a mockery of the rule of law.”

But it is worse, far worse, than that. Mueller’s viewpoint — that of a domestic law enforcement chief — is too limited to see the worst of the damage done by MacAskill. The FBI director isn’t prosecuting an ideological and kinetic war against the terror-sponsors.  And neither is anyone else in the Western nations.  

The problem is that the terror-sponsors and their instruments of violence are prosecuting just that kind of a war against Western civilization.  

Muammar Gaddafi’s terror-sponsoring regime understands.  The Libyans treated Megrahi’s return as that of a hero with crowds cheering, many waving Scottish flags, and Gaddafi himself embracing Megrahi.  Gaddafi and his son — Saif al-Islam (literally “the Sword of Islam”) — effusively praised UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the British government for helping achieve Megrahi’s release.  

(According to the UK Mail, “Speaking on Libyan television, Colonel Gaddafi’s son said (former U.K. Prime Minister Tony) Blair raised the Megrahi case repeatedly to smooth the way for British firms to tap into Libya’s energy reserves).  It appears that Britain’s enslavement to Middle Eastern oil despotism is complete.  

Mel Gibson’s role as “Braveheart” — ancient hero William Wallace — has been supplanted by MacAskill’s as “Dhimmiheart.” As a result, Scotland’s unofficial national anthem, “Scotland the Brave,” has to be replaced. Perhaps they could recruit Britney Spears to record an updated version of an old John Lennon song.  It could begin, “Imagine there’s no Scotland. It’s easy if you try…”  

It’s just as easy to imagine the comfort that the terror-sponsors will take in the release today of the CIA Inspector General’s report that terrorist detainees were abused in CIA custody.  According to a Newsweek report, the CIA IG determined that mock executions among other abuses occurred.  

But — as pointed out in an August 19 letter to Attorney General Holder signed by nine Republican senators — “The CIA’s Inspector General report on interrogations, which reportedly would be a basis upon which you would seek to justify a special prosecutor, has been available to the Department of Justice for more than five years. Three former Attorneys General and numerous career prosecutors have examined the findings of that report and other evidence and determined that the facts do not support criminal prosecutions.”  

Holder will ignore that letter, as he has so many others from Republican senators and representatives. He is reportedly ready to appoint a special prosecutor to go after CIA interrogators, breaking the promise he made in a pre-confirmation interview to Sen. Christopher Bond (R-Mo). His goal — and the president’s — is to keep the issue alive and thus keep the George Bush albatross hanging around Republicans’ necks.

According to the Newsweek report, the release of the CIA IG report will be accompanied by the release of some redacted version of the memoranda former Vice President Cheney asked for that show the value of the “enhanced interrogation methods” by demonstrating that valuable, actionable intelligence was gathered because those methods were employed.  

But, just as the so-called “torture memos” were, these documents will be selectively redacted to show the opposite. They — and the IG report — are being released to inflame public opinion against the use of the interrogation methods, nothing more.  

By not fully releasing the documents, Holder’s dhimmitude will be proven as clearly as MacAskill’s.  Holder and Obama will do whatever is necessary to conceal the fact that the “enhanced interrogations” were effective and resulted in lives saved. They are content to give the terrorist nations another ideological tool in their war against us.  Yale’s self-censorship prevents such a tool from falling into our hands.

The new book, Cartoons that Shook the World, authored by Jytte Klaussen, is about the dozen editorial cartoons portraying Mohammed published in 2005 by the Danish newspaper, Jyllands Posten.  But Yale University Press has decided that the book cannot be published if it contains the cartoons themselves.

You can view the cartoons here.  

Yale’s decision, according to a Washington Post editorial, was based on the advice of a group of “counterterrorism officials . . . U.S. diplomats . . . foreign ambassadors from Muslim countries . . . and senior scholars in Islamic studies" who determined that republication of the cartoons would be too inflammatory.  

The Post reports that this group of international ward-heelers had not even read the book before giving their advice. Yet Yale willingly submitted to it.

In 2006, the British Cambridge University Press published a book called Alms for Jihad by Burr and Collins.  It is a painstakingly detailed documentation of how — just as the title suggests — Muslim charities the world over fund terrorism.  As the Washington Times reported on August 31, 2007, “A few weeks ago, the British publisher agreed to burn all unsold copies of the book after it received a letter threatening legal action from Saudi billionaire Khalid bin Mahfouz. In their book, Mr. Burr and Mr. Collins allege that the former head of the National Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia funded Hamas and al Qaeda.”

The book was withdrawn from stores and unsold copies destroyed.  There was no court action, no judgment that the work — substantially documented by about 1,000 footnotes — was libelous, i.e., false. And so the British surrendered their freedom of the press, Cambridge paying Mahfouz substantial damages in dhimmitude.

As the Post editorial says, Yale is enabling violent extremists to set the terms of free speech. 

Do not look for Obama or Holder or Panetta to object to Yale’s action.  They are too busy following their own path to American dhimmitude.