Monday, 25 April 2011

The outrage of Guantánamo reveals the ugly side of American foreign policy

Guantánamo reveals the ugly side of American foreign policy:  aided and abetted by peace and justice loving folks as the Chinese, Tunisians, Moroccans, Russians, Saudis, Tajiks, Jordanians, Algerians, Yemenis and Kuwaitis.

Those of us who believe in the hard worn freedoms of “habeas corpus” should be utterly opposed to the horror of this American prison camp on Cuban soil.

Those of us who are Episcopalians frequently say that we will “respect the dignity of every human being” (c.f. our Baptismal Covenant - for what it is worth).  We have nice words, but we fail to understand their political potency, and are therefore mute in the face of the criminality  of Guantánamo.

Muslims must surely look at outrageous Guantánamo, and perceive that American (i.e. “Western”) values are inherently anti-Islam.

Realists understand that the American President’s authority is limited. Try as he might, President Obama cannot force the closure of Guantánamo. The Congress has determined otherwise.

So we progressives must witness against Guantánamo, and pray that our President would kick ass.

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