If another nation ran Gitmo

If another nation ran the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay…

and if U.S. citizens were captured and thrown into that prison…

and if those citizens were arbitrarily designated “enemy combatants” to circumvent the Geneva Conventions…

and if those citizens were being held without being charged and for an indeterminate period of time…

I suspect the U.S., not to mention the rest of the world, would have long ago taken whatever steps were necessary to shut down that prison, try or release the prisoners, and severely censure the nation that operated the facility.

I am ashamed that my country has become arrogant enough and cruel enough to run places like Gitmo.



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  1. I suspect the U.S., not to mention the rest of the world, would have long ago taken whatever steps were necessary to shut down that prison…..

    You are darn right here. We have always tried to emancipate (through force) our soldiers when they are prisioners during a war.

    I find interesting you comment that your country has BECOME cruel. You must lack the experience to know that these are ordinary and necessary activities in war time, and Gitmo is not particullarly cruel by previous war standards by a long shot. …………..steve

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    Steve, I was only thinking about the present situation. Of course any war, anytime, entails cruelty beyond anything I care to imagine. This probably isn’t the first time we’ve circumvented the Geneva Conventions by calling our prisoners “enemy combatants,” or by hiding them in some other country, and justified their torture by saying it is “necessary” while condemning its use by our enemies. Maybe I wouldn’t be so critical of such tactics if I believed this was truly a war for the survival of the USA.

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"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." ~ Edmund Burke

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