Guanta-no-more II

At the risk of opening up another discussion with only a few commentors, I want to start a new thread about Guantanamo and the current administration.

Reading an article in the IHT (link here) I was struck by a simple thought. 

  • How has the current administrations policies of “enhanced interrogation” and the removal of basic human rights protected the US?
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5 Responses

  1. The author, Roger Cohen, advocates that the US ought to apologise for its treatments of inmates. You know: Say sorry.

    It isn’t going to happen under Bush because that would be the behaviour of a ‘surrender monkey’. Seems to have a parallel here in Australia with a former PM refusing to say sorry for a wrong committed in the past.

    As to your question. It seems to me the ill-treatment of various individuals has provided a rallying rationale for the terrorists and therefore was totally counter-productive.

  2. The Gtmo operation is nothing short of arrogance from a Nation who has little regard for anyone else but the Great Empre they call the You Ass. By taking away basic human rights because of domocile opens up a pandora’s box. They forget that every dog has its day. Other faith traditions, countries that don’t believe in their capitalistic crap, and those who have been oppressed by the Empires actions will and I mean will, torture innocent sons and daughters of good people because of the short sighted actions of a bunch of lunatics supported by a bunch of idiots who kept them in power.

  3. Got a wheel in the ditch and a wheel on the track.

    Music break.

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=HBAa8FVbkh0

  4. Thanks for the link Joni.

    Obama should also ensure that former detainees receive an apology and compensation. An American official showing up, envelope in hand, at some dusty Afghan compound, and delivering U.S. contrition and cash to a man whose life has been ravaged by U.S. abuse will in the long term make the United States safer.

    According to the article less than 30 of the 700 odd captives of Guantanemo have been charged with a crime. 500 have been released without charge, apology or compensation.

    No matter what was the situation before, without recognition of the wrong that has been done, these people may well now find sympathy with those opposing the US and it’s alllies.

    In otherwords by it’s own beligerence and disregard for human rights and international law, the US have actually exacerbated the situation.

    They have not upheld ideals they claimed to cherish, for their own people or these unfortunates who happened to be the ‘wrong’ race/religion.

  5. Don’t know what happened but this:

    Obama should also ensure that former detainees receive an apology and compensation. An American official showing up, envelope in hand, at some dusty Afghan compound, and delivering U.S. contrition and cash to a man whose life has been ravaged by U.S. abuse will in the long term make the United States safer.

    Was the only paragraph which was quoted.

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