Monday, January 26, 2009
Obama, Guantánamo, and US hypocrisy
So, the Pope of Hope announced his (purported) intention to close the military detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba (“Gitmo”) within one year and we’re expected to herald this announcement as a drastic break from the past. But—as some of the regulars on my blog instantly declared—if President Obama were serious about hope and change he’d close the prison tomorrow, apologize to the detainees, and offer them financial reparations. That could be promptly followed up with the immediate indictment of all government officials responsible for torture, secret prisons, extraordinary rendition, extrajudicial punishment, etc. And why not toss in the immediate closing of the US military base at Guantánamo Bay and the return of that land to Cuba? That, I say, would be a tiny first step upon which we could build.
And yeah, I couldn’t resist sharing it with the open-minded souls at Daily Kos
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