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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Guantanamo Detainees on Strike!

The Headline tells me that Guantanamo detainees are on a hunger strike.

I say, “so what?”

Are we supposed to take notice? Are we supposed to be concerned?
Their complaints, among other things are:

*They are confined in solid-wall cells most of the day and have little contact with other prisoners
*They have little exposure to sunlight
*They are allowed only a maximum of two hours a day of recreation in the fenced-in area inside the concrete courtyard
*They were once kept in general population areas for years and are now being held in isolation cells – without any explanation.

Their other complaint is that some are being "brutally and inhumanely force fed" to keep them from starving to death.
The majority of the hunger strikers end their strike as soon as the media leaves and long before the force feeding starts.

Before being in their new Camp 6, they were in metal –mesh cages. They complained then too.

Several notes:
*Millions of Americans are confined in similar conditions most of the day – they’re called cubicles.
*Millions of Americans have little exposure to sunlight.
*I don’t know anyone personally who has the luxury of two hours a day of recreation.

The only thing I would disagree with as far as the way they are being treated is the force feeding. Hey, if they’re stupid enough to starve themselves, why not let them? After all, it’s their bodies, right? And most of them don't fast for long - only until the media goes home and attention is focused elsewhere.

Let’s take a look at the activities of some of these prisoner.

Here’s an excerpt:

“Incident reports reviewed by The Associated Press indicate Military Police guards are routinely head-butted, spat upon and doused by "cocktails" of feces, urine, vomit and sperm collected in meal cups by the prisoners.
They've been repeatedly grabbed, punched or assaulted by prisoners who reach through the small "bean holes" used to deliver food and blankets through cell doors, the reports say. Serious assaults requiring medical attention, however, are rare, the reports indicate."


And here’s a quote from the conservative Landmark Legal Foundation president Mark Levin:
"Lawyers for the detainees have done a great job painting their clients as innocent victims of U.S. abuse when the fact is that these detainees, as a group, are barbaric and extremely dangerous," Landmark President Mark Levin said. "They are using their terrorist training on the battlefield to abuse our guards and manipulate our Congress and our court system."


Notice how upside down the world has become? Those that throw their own feces at others are the victims. Sometimes, I’m overwhelmed by the insanity of the world I live in. I’m thankful that I’m in it, but not of it.

Oh... I almost forgot to mention...most of these prisoners are followers of Islam - the religion of peace.

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