Did you notice the Irony? (7) Guantanamo

When it comes to the future of the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, I always wonder why those who are against it are running a campaign called “Close Guantanamo”.

Close GuantanamoI looks to me like Guantanamo is already rather closed with all its fences and cells and guards and barbed wire and lack of access and communication. In fact it is so closed that even those whom the US government deems innocent aren’t released. How much more do people want to close it? And why?

It gets more confusing when those who approve of this eternal detention without due process rally around the cry of “Keep Guantanamo open”.

As I pointed out, Guantanamo is not open. It is the most closed off place in the Western hemisphere. When I read the arguments of the “Keep Guantanamo open” people, it seems that they don’t want to open up Guantanamo in the least bit, they rather want to keep it as closed as it ever has been.

This mix-up of words confuses me terribly in all these debates.

My proposal? “Open Guantanamo” for all prisoners who have not been charged and who won’t be tried in a court. Let them go. If you think that they might be dangerous, put some surveillance on them.

About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a writer, a spy or a hobo.
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3 Responses to Did you notice the Irony? (7) Guantanamo

  1. I don’t want Guantanamo Bay shut down. I rather like having a military base there, to keep an eye on things. (Although I’d far prefer dialog with the regions’ nations, rather than “watching” them.) So I say start a campaign that wants Gitmo left as is.
    Now, the PRISON on the grounds of the Guantanamo Bay base is a whole ‘nother topic… ;)

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