Monday, May 25, 2009

There's something perverse

about the whole "debate" about what to do with the people imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay. The assumption made by both sides seems to amount to: "they are dangerous and must remain locked up." Hence the question ends up being one of where to lock 'em up and throw away the key. The position largely attributed to the movement conservatives is to keep 'em at Gitmo. The nominally "liberal" position amounts to putting them in Supermax prisons. I could almost imagine some similar "debate" in 1940s Germany about whether it would be better to gas their concentration camp prisoners in occupied Poland or more "humanely" closer to the Fatherland.

That aside, I can't help but notice what is ignored altogether: the vast majority of those imprisoned in Guantánamo Bay who had no business being sent there in the first place. I don't see anything particularly just or humane in sending a bunch of innocents to rot in some Supermax for the "crime" of simply being Central Asian and perhaps Muslim.

Stay tuned for the next exercise in perversity: "would it be more humane to paint smiley faces on bombs that are dropped on Afghan villages?" Obamabots say "yes" - Limbots say "no" but urge dropping any and all ammo available in the name of the Fatherland (erm..."Homeland Security").

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