and this doesn't strike you as odd?

Monday, June 12, 2006

American Military Logic - Guantanamo Bay

Now this one HAS annoyed me.
The Camp Commander at Guantanamo responded to the suicides there by saying he regarded them as 'asymmetric warfare waged against us'. So even when they have been more than somewhat pissed off by being locked up without trial, made a teensy bit upset by being beaten and absolutely miffed by the removal of basic human rights (amply documented by Mohammed Beg - I hope he'll forgive me if that's a lousy spelling of his name - it's not like it's the worst thing anyone has done to him) in a place that is subject to no jurisdiction (the American government didn't even trust its own judiciary to play along with them on this one. They should have tried Britain; Tony 's blatant disregard of the British legal system would have come in very useful...again); in the face of all of that, if someone should succeed in killing themselves, the belief is they did it only to annoy - worse to inflict harm on - America. That's quite an ego, don't you think? Perhaps someone needs to calm down a bit.

There are apparently more than 450 detainees at Camp X ray; they have tried hunger strikes and not been heeded; when they go the whole hog, all the American system can think about is bleating in protest at what a nasty thing it is to do to poor beleaguered defender of freedom and honesty us. Is it any wonder that the US and Britain are regarded as enemy states by an awful lot of people? Voices have been raised around the EU against the fact that detainees have been driven to suicide; even some half-hearted words like 'concern' and 'regrettable' have come from the US government and I haven't heard a peep out of our current bunch of arse.
The more serious the alleged crimes of those inside Guantanamo, the more important to put them before an impartial jury, hear the evidence and decide the case. And yes I know lots of people are saying this and yes it is a statement of the bleedin obvious but it can't hurt to have one more person saying it, now can it? In the meantime the message is clear: don't any of you go killing yourselves or the US will be very annoyed indeed.

4 Comments:

  • At 6:48 PM, Blogger witchy-woo said…

    Hear hear!

     
  • At 9:09 PM, Blogger simply wondered said…

    gaw bless yer witchers as (s)he will fail to bless those doing it

     
  • At 10:36 PM, Blogger Kingcod said…

    Nothing will suprise me any more about Camp X Ray when even the public proclamations from the US seem to defy the most basic logic, let alone uman rights.

     
  • At 2:26 AM, Blogger Violet Socks said…

    Richard, you crack me up.

     

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