Monday, June 13, 2005

Guantanamo hand-wringing

Blackfive links to one Cuban's response to Amensty International's claim that the United States detention facility at Guantanamo Bay is akin to a "gulag" (Be warned, graphic language):

"They eat maggot filled slop maybe twice a day. Dont see the light of day and are tortured both physically and mentally in so many different ways that I, so far removed yet so read up on the subject, even have trouble imagining."
Yes, this is going on in Cuba, but outside the fences of the United States Naval facility. The description is of Castro's prisons, which warrant the term "gulag" much more than GITMO does.

And as long as we're talking about gulags, where is Amnesty International's condemnation of the gulags in North Korea, Saudi Arabia, China, and other parts of Central America?

Why is it that the first facility denounced as a "gulag" is the one that routinely feeds its prisoners? A point missed in this ridiculous hand-wringing over supposed desecrations of the Qu'ran is the fact that prisoners have actually been provided with Qu'rans, which they've apparently decided to desecrate on their own.

So let's cut the crap on this issue. It would be a mistake to shut down Guantanamo, and it's a mistake to keep wallowing in these laughable charges of abuse. I had worse done to me when I was a fraternity pledge.