Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Guantanamo Bay...The 21st Century Manzanar

Just like the Japanese internment camps of World War II were a blemish on this country's image, so has history come to repeat itself. Take a look: http://news.yahoo.com/fc/World/Guantanamo_Detainees

7 comments:

Red Tulips said...

Thank you for posting that. I have been so obsessed with Israel lately, that I have not adequately covered other issues.

Anyway, the only way to win the war on terror is to win it the right way. We cannot BECOME like them. The ends do NOT justify the means. The Islamists seek to make us the United States of Saudi Arabia. If we sacrifice our values in order to defeat the enemy, then they win.

Albion Moonlight said...

More like the United States wants to make the Middle East into it's own private oil pump, but why am I not surprised that you BELIEVE in the war on terror rhetoric.

Red Tulips said...

Albion Moonlight:

Easy rhetoric for you to engage in. There is a very real war going on in the world. Is it being fought the right way? I would say not at all. But the Islamists have declared their intentions. What we do about it is a different story altogether.

felix said...

Tens of thousands of Japanese of all ages on the West Coast were interned regardless of whether they had any connection with our enemy--Japan. In Gitmo there are a few hundred enemy combatants taken on the the battlefield in Afghanistan. Many of them are self-professed Al Queda or radical islamists. I fail to see the comparison.

Red Tulips said...

Felix,

Agreed that Gitmo is not as bad as Japanese internment. However, that does not mean that there are not serious human rights concerns going on at Gitmo.

Andrew Sullivan (I know, hated at LGF), wrote a great post explaining the human rights abuses at Gitmo.

http://time.blogs.com/daily_dish/2006/06/whats_really_ha.html

felix said...

1. I like Andrew Sullivan.
2. Why do you and Londistancerunner care so much about people who, if released and had the opportunity, would kill more innocents.
3. I do think the Gitmo prison would have more of a legal basis if the US had declared war on Radical Islam after 911. I still favor such a war resolution.

Red Tulips said...

Felix:

Firstly, I am glad you like Andrew Sullivan. While he can be a bit pompous, I often find myself agreeing with him on the big issues.

Secondly.

I do not think these people should be suddenly released. I think they should be humanely treated, and be given at least a semblance of a trial. (I am not saying they deserve the sort of trial you and I would get as citizens of America, but at least the semblance of a trial)

The problem is that these people have been rotting away for years on end, without charges filed against them, and without any hearing of any kind. I view that as simply unAmerican. I agree that many of the prisoners would form a massive threat against America and the citizens of this great nation if they were suddenly let out, but that shouldn't be our only two choices.

And I agree that there should be a war resolution against radical Islam.