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Day #15: A Different National Tragedy


A mistake

Of epic proportions

A shame

A tragedy

Of human making

A blotch

An infection

No antibiotic can cure

A boil

A wound

That cuts deep, too deep

A scab

A curse

On our name

A blister

A rejection

Of our history and traditions

A degradation

A failure

Of moral leadership

As of June 2012, 169 men remained at Guantanamo Bay — with Abu Ghraib, enhanced interrogation techniques, and rendition — one of the four pillars of this country’s shame following the attacks on 9/11.  And, it continues.  My single biggest disappointment with Barack Obama is that he has allowed this to continue.  With the stroke of a pen, he could have closed Gitmo, but he hasn’t.  Imagine being imprisoned for more than ten years, thousands of miles from your home, guarded by individuals who don’t respect you or your religion.  No charges against you, no opportunity to be heard.  Nothing.  No reason to hope.  It’s disgusting.  And more so by the fact it is my country that is responsible.  I don’t care if they are innocent or guilty of whatever it is our country thinks they may have done in the haze of 9/11.  Charge and try them.  Or release them.  Now.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/25/opinion/americas-shameful-human-rights-record.html?_r=0

If you’re interested in more, go to the Wikipedia page and scroll down to the footnotes.  Start reading some of the cited sources.  Or read this from today’s New York Times.

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11 responses to “Day #15: A Different National Tragedy

  1. Sahm King April 15, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Mark… You’re a good human being. I’m glad you posted this. You cut into my growing cynicism, some. Just some, but enough to matter.

    • kingmidget April 16, 2013 at 6:25 am

      Thank you, sir. The reality is there are plenty of people who are offended by Gitmo. It just seems that nobody cares enough to say or do anything about it.

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  4. Bastet April 15, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    One of the reasons I voted for B.O. was because he said that the first thing he’d do was close Gitmo…I’m no dewy eyed idealist…but I thought that is one thing he could really do for the U.S.A…well written and wish more were like you… 😦

  5. butimbeautiful April 16, 2013 at 4:43 am

    Yes, I agree. It puts the US on a par with countries like Ghana. Mind you, Australia has always supported you, more or less, on Gitmo as in everything else, even when an Australian citizen was incarcerated there.

    • kingmidget April 16, 2013 at 6:24 am

      The lack of any kind of outcry or anything at all from the rest of the Western world is stunning.

      • butimbeautiful April 17, 2013 at 5:26 am

        I think the view here is that we better stay on side with America in case China get too fond of us. New Zealand’s more independent…they know no one wants to invade a place just for the scenery!

  6. butimbeautiful April 16, 2013 at 4:44 am

    I’m so sorry for everyone in Boston. That was an awful thing. My sympathies.

    • kingmidget April 16, 2013 at 6:23 am

      It is an awful thing that nobody should experience. Unfortunately, it seems to be a part of the human condition.

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