posted on Jun, 7 2005 @ 08:37 AM
Whatever happened to the premise of being innocent until proven guilty?! That aside though, I'm not sure anyone is pushing for every Gitmo resident
to be freed immediately. Afforded some basic rights, yes. Treated like human beings, absolutely.
I find it hard to comprehend your statement of, "These people are either terrorists or have the worst luck in the world. If its the latter, then
they shouldn't have been where they were when they we captured. Because they obviously weren't out on a family picnic. They were likely in known
terror havens. Maybe they're not full-blown terrorists, but I'd be willing to bet the large majority have plenty of skeletons in thier closets"
So...these folks are either terrorists or deserve to be captured anyway because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time? That kind of logic
is fatally flawed, and if it were suddenly applied to US citizens, we'd have civil war within hours. Let's just hope having a few skeletons in our
own closests doesn't mean we're all headed for "stick 'em in jail anyway, I'm sure they deserve it". It seems you've made a tragic assumption
that Arab must somehow equate to "terrorist". And still, we wonder why there's so much anti-Western thought in the world - statements such as
those you made only contribute further.
It seems misguided to think that Gitmo - and the ambiguity of "National Security" - has prevented any terror attacks here. Where's your proof
that this would have happened? Are we forgetting that every one of the terrorist attacks on US soil have come from people who have either entered
the US legally, or were born here? (McVeigh, anyone? You know, nerdy looking white guy. The one living right down the street. The one who is
definitely *not* Arab or Middle-Eastern. Neither was Kaczinski). Terrorist cells, where they exist in the US, are operating whether or not we like
it, and no amount of Gitmo-like bases are going to prevent that. We've already seen this.
"why don't you go do something for the victims and families of victims of terror attacks! They're the ones we're forgetting about here by even
giving these murderers the time of day. "
Perhaps some of us are amongst those talented individuals who can concentrate and focus on two causes at the same time. Trying to stop terrorism,
and trying to preserve human rights. It's a tad presumptuous for you to imply that people aren't actually doing both.
It's not that difficult - the two don't have to be mutually exclusive.