Saturday, May 20, 2006

Why isn't Gitmo closed already?

Wilson's Almanac news and current affairs blog
Everyone wants Guantanamo closed. Some because they hate torture and the imprisoning of people for year after year without charging them.

Some have less altruistic motives: they want it closed because they hate the USA getting a bad name internationally, and they know that the more the USA is hated for it, the more endangered their lives become.

There must be lots of other reasons.

For more than four years the whole world has known Guantanamo Bay is a vile concentration camp containing hundreds of people from many countries, including Australia, who have not been charged with any crime.

So why isn't Gitmo closed yet?

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Blogger elendil said...

I think it's not so bad to be worried about the US reputation. It sounds less altruistic than because torture is wrong, but I personally am pretty pained to see the US squandering its powerful position like this. If they're going to be the world's only superpower, I want them to have a good reputation, and set a good example.

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and a few other NGOs, have designated June Torture Awareness Month. I've created a blogroll you can join if you're interested. You can find it here. The idea is that everyone is linked to from the blogroll, and in exchange, you discuss torture (as you already do), and link to the Torture Awareness site to help support the NGOs.

There's a lot of bloggers concerned about human rights abuse in the War on Terror. If we coordinate, we can show our support and help Amnesty and HRW make Torture Awareness Month a success!

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