Thursday, 22 January 2009

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow...

Barack Obama, President of the United States of America (I just like saying it. I'm allowed to, it's the truth) has signed the order to close Guantánamo Bay.

The symbol of unnecessary cruelty that was (and still is until further notice) Guantánamo stood only to undermine every act the west has done in the so-called "War On Terror" that may have been in sincere protection. No matter how noble the cause, there is simply no excuse for the toruturing and capitivity of men, uncharged and possibly innocent, as was proven in hundreds number of cases:

21 year old Chad national Mohammed el-Gharani

Sudanese cameraman Sami al-Hajj
and Chinese Muslim Adel Abdul al-Hakim to name but a few of the more high-profile cases.

Hundreds more were freed over the past few years, as more damning evidence came to light that many inmates at the Naval base were being held under no charge, and were - to put it bluntly - assumed to be terrorists.
In the 21st Century, in a free world where we have the capabilities to set an example on how human beings should treat each other, this facility was a disgrace. It served only to disintegrate further the integrity of America. How can trust be gained for a nation that seems to disregard every human right in favour of it's own hypochondriachal fear of an invisible enemy?

The rebuilding of America's integrity starts here. Obama's short speech he gave after signing the important document is quoted in The Guardian: "The message that we are sending around the world is that the United States intends to prosecute the ongoing struggle against violence and terrorism and we are going to do so vigilantly... We are going to do so effectively and we are going to do so in a manner that is consistent with our values and our ideals."

....aaaaaand so say all of us.


lidia said...

i'm so glad that obama's gone straight for the jugular with his policies. i was slightly worried for some reason that he'd water himself down once in power.

guantanamo bay will always be a sad part of american history now but i'm glad it'll only be a short one. what worries me now is when those poor men who were innocent get out. how can anyone who's been subjected to that kind of torture not feel anything but intense hatred for the west? i absolutely despised the eye for an eye way of the bush administration. good riddance!

to completely change the subject, look at me with a blog! la di da! i'm afraid to say it's not as serious or interesting as your's... i'm incapable of writing anything other than LOLZ DIS IZ FUNI :(

Katie said...

Not true! Your blog on Aretha's hat was informative and funny! I liked it :) (plus - most of my blogs are in no way serious....just this one post I think actually! lol)

I have nodded earnestly with your points about the Bush admistration. I hate being one of those people who goes "YEAH FUCK THE SYSTEM" but in this case it was probably the right way to be. Thank god he's gone.

Kim said...

You poor little girl...

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